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Abdellah El Asely

My wish is to make you live your best trip. This is why all my choices of meetings, discoveries or accommodation are guided by this desire to transmit to you, through the Original Travels circuits, all the authenticity that a country can offer. 

During my stays, I take the time, in each city, to visit hotels, lodges, and homestays. I only select those who have a particular soul, those who combine comfort and authenticity. In the desire to offer responsible tourism, I always favor small structures on a human scale to large hotel complexes.

In addition to the essentials, I would like you to discover preserved places, little known to foreigners. During my reconnaissance trips, I take the time to visit places off the beaten track to give you a different experience. The locals will welcome you as friends and will be happy to interact with visitors from around the world.

What places and activities do you specialize in?

"We run tours in the following areas; Atlas mountains, Sahara deserts, imperial cities.
We specialise in Hiking trips, 4WD tours, luxury travels, Mountain biking, Family holidays, cultural tours, culinary trips."

How did you get involved in travel?

"Having grown up in the Atlas Mountains, my passion for adventure travel was kindled at an early age. I began my career in tourism industry since 2006, leading groups in the Atlas mountains and Sahara, then i started working as product manager for several local Tour operators before I decided to found OT. Voyages. Being a travel agent is inspiring others to explore new places, discover a new culture, and meet different and wonderful people."

Please share a unique travel experience you will never forget.

"Climbing Toubkal summit (4168m), North Africa's highest peak!

Reaching the top of the Toubkal summit (The highest peak on earth in the Berber language) was an overwhelming moment for me as a child and an unforgettable experience!
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Abdellah is part of the following groups: Morocco Travel Agents
Stay at Morocco's first ecolodge near Agadir
Morocco with Purpose: Marrakesh, Agadir & Essaouira - 9 Days

This nine-day tour of Morocco promotes a more sustainable style of travel, immersing you in your surroundings while limiting your environmental footprint. Start in energetic Marrakesh to see the city via bicycle and visit a nonprofit that serves underprivileged women. Then, it's off to the beach town of Agadir for a stay at the country's first ecolodge. End on the coast of Essaouira, with nights under the stars in Berber tents and a chance to help local organizations that support youth and women.

Essaouira
Magic in Morocco: Casablanca, Marrakesh, Agafay & Essaouira - 15 Days

Whether you're an adventurer, foodie, or just looking for some relaxation, this fifteen-day tour of Morocco offers something for everyone. Begin in Casablanca, where you'll walk the streets of the medina and the lively Boulevard de la Corniche. Then, it's off to Marrakesh, with day trips to the stunning Ouzoud waterfalls and treks through the Atlas mountains. Head into the Agafay Desert for camel rides and a night under the stars, then end your adventure on the coast among the sweeping beaches of Essaouira.

A Berber woman in the mountains of Morocco
Volunteering in Morocco: Marrakesh & the Atlas Mountains - 6 Days

On this brisk six-day excursion through Morocco, you'll not only visit highlights like the bazaars of Marrakesh and the villages of the Atlas mountains, but you'll do so while volunteering. Working with NGOs and non-profits throughout this trip is a great way to give back while also enjoying the adventure of a lifetime in one of Africa's most exotic, diverse, and culturally distinct countries.

Spend the night in a desert camp in Erg Chebbi
Morocco North to South Adventure - 13 Days

This 13-day adventure takes you through the heart of Morocco as you wind your way from its northern to southern shores. See the blue-washed streets of Chefchaouen, discover the imperial city of Rabat, get lost in the souks of Fes, and sleep in Bedouin tents under the stars of the Erg Chebbi desert. After crossing the oases and rose fields of the Dadès Valley, take a food tour in vibrant Marrakesh before ending your trip with water sports and beach time in the surf town of Essaouira.

Explore Aït Bouguemez Valley on foot, meeting with locals and learning about traditional ways of life
Unspoiled Morocco : Hike Aït Begoumez & Dadès Valleys - 9 Days

Taking a relaxed pace, this nine-day trip has you exploring lesser-visited regions of Morocco and culturally immersing yourself in the locals' way of life. You'll first take to the winding alleyways of Marrakesh, then head northeast to see the Ouzoud Waterfalls before crossing the Middle Atlas mountains to reach Aït Bouguemez. You'll hike to important shrines, farm with Atlas locals, and break bread with Berber families, ending your trip exploring desert towns like Boumalne Dades, Aït Benhaddou, and Ouarzazate.

 Cross the dramatic dunes of Erg Chebbi by camel
Luxury Morocco: Casablanca to Marrakech via the Desert - 8 Days

This all-encompassing 8-day tour introduces you to the treasures of Morocco in grand style. Starting in Casablanca, you'll loop your way through ancient cities, arid deserts, and high mountain passes, exploring countless cultural highlights and hidden gems in between. Get lost in the magical blue alleys of Chefchaeoun, spend a night amid the sand dunes in a luxury desert camp, and discover the vibrant flavors of Marrakech on a street food tour.

Recent trip reviews for Abdellah

Amazing trip to Morocco
Morocco | Nov 12 - Nov 18, 2022

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Avi K.
Melville, NY | Reviewed on Nov 20, 2022

We just came back for amazing trip in morocco. We had a great and wonderful time in morocco. We visited all the important and key cities in areas. We had Karim our guide and Driver for the entire trip. We also had local excellent guides in the different cities. Working with Abdel and Karim was Absolutely amazing and easy communication via email or WhatsApp. Karim Our guide for the trip was absolutely amazing great communication an excellent English. The Mercedes van we had was very... read more

We just came back for amazing trip in morocco. We had a great and wonderful time in morocco. We visited all the important and key cities in areas. We had Karim our guide and Driver for the entire trip. We also had local excellent guides in the different cities. Working with Abdel and Karim was Absolutely amazing and easy communication via email or WhatsApp. Karim Our guide for the trip was absolutely amazing great communication an excellent English. The Mercedes van we had was very comfortable and was clean daily. Thanks Karim

Hotel Review
Kasbah Titrit
Ait Ben Haddou

Run down hotel. No outdoors. No one speak English. Needs major renovation

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Abdellah
Abdellah El Asely
Local specialist in Marrakech | Reviewed on Nov 21, 2022

Hi Avi,

Thank you for giving us a perfect rating, it's highly appreciated.

We are thrilled that you had an amazing time in the magic kingdom of Morocco and found our service to be remarkable, accommodating, and friendly. It really makes our day to hear such valuable feedback from you and learn that your journey was a memorable one with your driver Karim. Our team will be happy to hear such a great and positive review.

Looking forward to having you again in our country:)

Best Wishes,
Abdel

A dream trip indeed
Morocco | Oct 23 - Oct 31, 2022

Júlia
Júlia V.
Jordan | Reviewed on Oct 31, 2022

The trip was wonderful, I have nothing bad to say! All the hotels and activities were booked accordingly and the itinerary was perfect. Our driver, Karim, was absolutely lovely, he picked us up from the airport and was with is the entire trip. He was knowledgeable and was beyond friendly. All guides and hotel staff were friendly and understanding. I would recommend kimkim, Abdellah and Karim in a heartbeat for anyone read more

The trip was wonderful, I have nothing bad to say! All the hotels and activities were booked accordingly and the itinerary was perfect. Our driver, Karim, was absolutely lovely, he picked us up from the airport and was with is the entire trip. He was knowledgeable and was beyond friendly. All guides and hotel staff were friendly and understanding. I would recommend kimkim, Abdellah and Karim in a heartbeat for anyone

Hotel Review
Tiziri Luxury Camp
Merzouga

This was the most amazing thing experience I could have asked for. We did a camel ride tour and then we were surprised by the most amazing camp setting. The tents are big, clean, organized and have all amenities necessary!

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Private Tour of Marrakech, the "Red City"
Marrakesh

Hanan was such a good guide. She was super friendly and took us to so many good places. She was super knowledgeable and gave so many good pieces of information

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Abdellah
Abdellah El Asely
Local specialist in Marrakech | Reviewed on Nov 02, 2022

Hi Júlia,

Thank you for devoting some time to write about your recent journey with us.

We really delighted to hear that you had a positive experience with our company and you were satisfied with our work. Our entire team is committed to providing high-quality services for our guests and making their trips unforgettable. I'll make sure to share your awesome review with my colleagues to ensure we continue to improve on delivering exceptional services.

Thank you again and we look forward to welcoming you back soon.

Best,
Abdel

Wonderful 11 Days in Morocco
Morocco | Oct 11 - Oct 21, 2022

Janet
Janet H.
Seattle, WA | Reviewed on Oct 30, 2022

Our trip to Morocco was amazing from beginning to end. Our driver/guide, Karim, was fantastic -- knowledgeable, friendly, accommodating, funny. We felt so lucky to have had him as our guide. He seemed to know someone at every stop, which meant that our trip was smooth sailing.

We especially enjoyed Karim's expertise with the mountains and the lives of nomads and appreciated his willingness to share his own experiences. We loved our hike with Mohammad in the Atlas Mountains (Monkey... read more

Our trip to Morocco was amazing from beginning to end. Our driver/guide, Karim, was fantastic -- knowledgeable, friendly, accommodating, funny. We felt so lucky to have had him as our guide. He seemed to know someone at every stop, which meant that our trip was smooth sailing.

We especially enjoyed Karim's expertise with the mountains and the lives of nomads and appreciated his willingness to share his own experiences. We loved our hike with Mohammad in the Atlas Mountains (Monkey Fingers hike) and the lunch afterward with him and his wife and Karim. All of the local guides were knowledgeable and friendly.

Even though we opted for accommodations that were more moderate in cost, the accommodations were comfortable and delightful at every stop. We especially enjoyed the Tiziri Luxury Camp in the desert near Merzouga and our last stop in Essouira at Riad Mimouna, which was just lovely. Our room was right over the ocean, with views and ocean wave sounds from both sides. We wished we had another day there.

Before the trip, Abdellah and Said were great at communicating, answering questions, and responding to requests for changes. I appreciated that Abdel stayed in contact (without being pushy) throughout the period from March 2020 to October 2022, when we had to reschedule and then reschedule again.

Thank you Karim, Abdel and Said!

Hotel Reviews
Tiziri Luxury Camp
Merzouga

The food here was just amazing -- some of the best we had in Morocco, which is all the more amazing since it's out in the desert. The staff were very friendly and the accommodations were extremely comfortable.

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Kasbah Tizzarouine
Boumalne

The hotel was very comfortable. It had an amazing view. We thought the food was kind of average, but that may have been because it was a buffet designed for bus tours and less intimate and individualized than food we had in other parts of our stay.

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Riad Ghita
Fes

This is a lovely hotel with amazing tile, plaster and wood work. The owner/host was extremely friendly and welcoming and the food was quite good.

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Hotel Dar Mounir
Chefchaouen

This was a lovely little place to stay right off the main square. It featured lovely tile work. Staff were friendly and helpful. We were only there one night, but it was a pleasant one.

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Odyssee Center Hotel
Casablanca

We enjoyed the funky modernity of this hotel. It was a change of pace from the more traditional riads we stayed in the rest of the time. We were only there one night and so our information is limited, but it was a fine place to stay.

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Riad Mimouna
Essaouira

We absolutely loved this place. Our room (310) was just the best, with ocean views and sounds out the windows on two sides. The room was lovely and comfortable. The staff were friendly and accommodating. We only wished we had another night there.

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Activity Reviews
Dades Valley Hike & Lunch with Local Family
Morocco

We really enjoyed our hike with Mohammad and the lunch with him and his wife. It was a great opportunity to learn about the area from a local. The hike was just beautiful and Mohammad has a great sense of humor. We had a lot of fun. Lunch was delicious.

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Boumalne Dades to Merzouga Sunset Camel Ride via Tinerhir & Rissani
Morocco

We enjoyed the camel ride. The dunes were beautiful. While the camels are a little scary and bumpy (particularly getting up and down), the guides and staff were very helpful and we were glad we did the ride. The view from the dunes is amazing.

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4WD Dunes Tour & Tea with Nomads
Merzouga

I want to emphasize that we really liked our driver (I think his name was Mohammad) and appreciated the information he imparted at every stop and also about himself and his life. He was wonderful. On balance, however, I think we would have skipped this day and spent another day in Essouira. The tea in the Bedouin tent was not really with the Bedouins and just felt kind of sad. Their lives are so hard and this stop felt somewhat voyeuristic. The other stops -- at the mining area and at the dance place -- were not that interesting to us. Again, not the fault of the driver.

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Merzouga to Fes via Rissani, Midelt, & the Atlas Mountains
Morocco

As always, we enjoyed our time with Karim. He was informative at our various stops. The mountain town modeled on a Swiss village was a hoot. We had fun feeding the monkeys. This day was perfectly fine, but really was mostly necessary transit from the desert to Fes, which was broken up by some interesting stops.

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Full-Day Guided Sightseeing in Fes
Fes

Fes is an amazing place with a lot to see. Our guide was knowledgeable and informative.

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Dinner with a Local Family
Morocco

Getting a chance to meet and spend time with local families is one of the special parts of the trip. We had understood that there might be a chance to help with cooking, which wasn't the case for our particular dinner. We really appreciated that the teenage son was friendly and willing to speak to us (not sure our own kids would have been as accommodating when they were teenagers). The food was delicious.

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Fes to Chefchaouen via Meknes & Volubilis
Morocco

The guided tour of Volubilis was really interesting. This was an added bonus as we had not realized it was on the itinerary. Really worthwhile and definitely worthwhile to pay for one of the local guides.

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Local specialist: Abdellah El Asely
Abdellah
Abdellah El Asely
Local specialist in Marrakech | Reviewed on Nov 01, 2022

Hi Janet,

Thank you so much for sharing such detailed feedback and for recommending our company to other travelers.

We really love to hear that the trip suited you perfectly and you enjoyed all the destinations and activities we designed for you with your beautiful family. The team at Original travels always strives much hard to go above and beyond to ensure that our guests have memorable moments and experiences in our beautiful kingdom. Your driver Karim is very professional and he always... read more

Hi Janet,

Thank you so much for sharing such detailed feedback and for recommending our company to other travelers.

We really love to hear that the trip suited you perfectly and you enjoyed all the destinations and activities we designed for you with your beautiful family. The team at Original travels always strives much hard to go above and beyond to ensure that our guests have memorable moments and experiences in our beautiful kingdom. Your driver Karim is very professional and he always does his best to provide our guests with an outstanding experience. He shares everything with them and considers them as members of his family. All the staff of our company and Karim in particular will be more than thankful to hear such valuable compliments.

Looking forward to having you once again in our gorgeous country and we will make sure to have Karim again as your driver.

Best wishes,
Abdel

Our trip was very busy but so interesting. ...
Morocco | Sep 30 - Oct 7, 2022

Leanne
Leanne R.
Canada | Reviewed on Oct 24, 2022

Our trip was very busy but so interesting.
We felt taken care of by our local guides and driver. The days flew by and the vast distances we covered were appreciated.
Just a few points:
- several seatbelts did not work in the van.
- one tour guide did spend a bit too much time taking our group to his market sellers who presented a tough sell for their product. It made for a long tour day - mentally. A bit more free time in the market would have been nice.
- having a printed... read more

Our trip was very busy but so interesting.
We felt taken care of by our local guides and driver. The days flew by and the vast distances we covered were appreciated.
Just a few points:
- several seatbelts did not work in the van.
- one tour guide did spend a bit too much time taking our group to his market sellers who presented a tough sell for their product. It made for a long tour day - mentally. A bit more free time in the market would have been nice.
- having a printed copy of each the days activity and a map would have been useful

Hotel Reviews
Kasbah Tizzarouine
Boumalne

It was not that appealing. They need to do a better job of cleaning up after each meal service in the dining room. Tables were dirty and carpet needed attention. A location closer to something to walk over to - bazaar or park would have been nice.

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Cleanliness in dining area.
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Room beds need to be upgraded. Felt unclean.
Tiziri Luxury Camp
Merzouga

This was a great experience and the local hosts made a great effort to met our needs.

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The Berber entertainment was amazing.
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Riad Ghita
Fes

This Riad treated us so well. We felt they really cared about our experience.

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Riad Passali
Marrakech

The addition of the Spa was sooooo appreciated! The entire staff were very attentive to our needs. Rooms were nice and comfortable. The various spaces to have private outdoor time was amazing and do nicely set up.

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Activity Reviews
Full-Day Guided Sightseeing in Fes
Fes

The guide was ok and did get a lot of things covered; however his decision to keep us to the back area merchants was not what we expected. We would have preferred less pressure to buy and more opportunity to explore the Medina. The tour of the other sites was well done and enjoyable. Unfortunately we had to pay to visit the synagogue in the Jewish quarters.

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Food
Always amazing
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Tarik was very accommodating.
Transport
Seatbelts not working. But the vehicle was comfortable.
Transfer to Fes, Volubilis & Meknes
Morocco

We arrived a day late and they still covered so much of itinerary from both days into one. We appreciated the effort.

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Transport
Just that seatbelts an issue.
Fes to Merzouga via the Middle Atlas Mountains and Erfoud
Morocco
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Half-Day Guided Sightseeing in Marrakech
Marrakesh

Spent way to much time at the Baha’i Palace. He appeared to not really care to share facts outside of that.

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Abdellah
Abdellah El Asely
Local specialist in Marrakech | Reviewed on Oct 25, 2022

Hi Leanne,

Thank you so much for sharing your feedback with us, it's highly appreciated.

We really love hearing from our customers that they enjoyed their trips with us and we’re always looking for ways to improve our services. Our staff always do their best to provide the best possible service to our guests and live up to their expectations, and we are glad that this commitment was reflected in your visit.

We are, however, sorry to hear about your experience in Boumalne Dades. We have... read more

Hi Leanne,

Thank you so much for sharing your feedback with us, it's highly appreciated.

We really love hearing from our customers that they enjoyed their trips with us and we’re always looking for ways to improve our services. Our staff always do their best to provide the best possible service to our guests and live up to their expectations, and we are glad that this commitment was reflected in your visit.

We are, however, sorry to hear about your experience in Boumalne Dades. We have been proposing this accommodation for our guests many years ago and we have never received any negative feedback about it. It's not really convenient that your guide in Fes pushed you to make purchases, it's really strange of him. I have contacted the hotel responsible in Dades valley and your guide in Fes as well and they promised that such situations wouldn't take place again. We have implemented a new communication system for our booking manager to double-check with hotels, transportation suppliers, and tour guides to assure that all the aspects of comfort are provided.

Sorry again for any inconvenience and looking forward to having you again in our country.

Best Wishes,
Abdellah

A Week in Morocco
Morocco | Oct 8 - Oct 15, 2022

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Kyle M.
Manhattan, NY | Reviewed on Oct 20, 2022

A week is not enough… Said did an excellent job with my request to see Marrakech, the Atlas Mountains and the Sahara. As a last minute change I requested a night in Essaouira and he readily accommodated.
Our tour guide for Marrakech was Abdul, the food tour was amazing. I’m so glad we did it.
And finally, our driver Faysel was outstanding. Most importantly, he is an excellent driver, we always felt safe driving with him. In addition, he was kind, fun and knew wonderful spots for... read more

A week is not enough… Said did an excellent job with my request to see Marrakech, the Atlas Mountains and the Sahara. As a last minute change I requested a night in Essaouira and he readily accommodated.
Our tour guide for Marrakech was Abdul, the food tour was amazing. I’m so glad we did it.
And finally, our driver Faysel was outstanding. Most importantly, he is an excellent driver, we always felt safe driving with him. In addition, he was kind, fun and knew wonderful spots for breaks and views. My teenage sons bonded with him and we all enjoyed his playlist. We cant thank him enough for a wonderful week.

Activity Review
Family Food Tour in Jemaa EL Fna square
Marrakesh
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Abdellah
Abdellah El Asely
Local specialist in Marrakech | Reviewed on Oct 21, 2022

Hi Kyle,

Thanks for devoting some time to leave us such a postive feedback.

We are really thrilled to hear that you had a great trip in the Moroccan Kingdom and we made your experience unique and memorable. All the staff are happy to hear your kind words, that's really means the world to us.

Thank you so much for your positive review and looking forward to having you again in our country.

Best Wishes،
Abdellah

We had an amazing trip to Morocco!
Morocco | Oct 10 - Oct 16, 2022

Allie
Allie R.
San Jose, CA | Reviewed on Oct 16, 2022

We had an amazing trip to Morocco. I initially booked during 2020 and had to postpone. They were very accommodating and flexible and let me rebook at no cost for 2022.

I traveled with my friend and we felt safe and taken care of the entire time. Our driver was Soufian and he was excellent! He made sure we had everything we needed and made the trips to each destination very easy. He was always on time, took us everywhere we wanted to go, stopped whenever we needed a break on the road,... read more

We had an amazing trip to Morocco. I initially booked during 2020 and had to postpone. They were very accommodating and flexible and let me rebook at no cost for 2022.

I traveled with my friend and we felt safe and taken care of the entire time. Our driver was Soufian and he was excellent! He made sure we had everything we needed and made the trips to each destination very easy. He was always on time, took us everywhere we wanted to go, stopped whenever we needed a break on the road, translated for us, answered all our questions, and was very accommodating. Treated us like family!

Everyone we interacted with was so kind. Our tour guide through Marrakech, Oussama, was great as well! He gave us a great synopsis on the history of the city and helped us navigate the markets.

Big thank you to Kim Kim! It is a trip we will never forget.

Local specialist: Abdellah El Asely
Abdellah
Abdellah El Asely
Local specialist in Marrakech | Reviewed on Oct 16, 2022

Hi Allie,

Thanks for your 5-star review, it's highly appreciated.

We are so thrilled to learn that you had a great holiday in our fabulous country and you have enjoyed your trip to the fullest. Such compliments make our day and push us forward to keep providing our guests with top-notch services. I will pass on your positive feedback to our team and your driver Soufian in particular.

Thanks again and looking forward to having you again in our country.

Best Wishes,
Abdellah

Magical family trip to Morocco!
Morocco | Sep 28 - Oct 7, 2022

Tyler
Tyler P.
Foster City, CA | Reviewed on Oct 14, 2022

We had a magical trip to Morocco thanks to KimKim and our amazing driver and local guides!

We traveled with three kids (ages 4-9), my mother-in-law and two parents (my husband and me). We started in Marrakesh, went to Boalne Dades, Merzouga/the desert, Fes and then Casablanca as our flight departed from there.

The desert and Camp Tiziri was a lifetime favorite memory, but the entire trip was amazing. Our driver Samir was so kind and went out of his way to make us comfortable. Our... read more

We had a magical trip to Morocco thanks to KimKim and our amazing driver and local guides!

We traveled with three kids (ages 4-9), my mother-in-law and two parents (my husband and me). We started in Marrakesh, went to Boalne Dades, Merzouga/the desert, Fes and then Casablanca as our flight departed from there.

The desert and Camp Tiziri was a lifetime favorite memory, but the entire trip was amazing. Our driver Samir was so kind and went out of his way to make us comfortable. Our local guides Oosama (Marrakesh) and Adil (Fes) were so friendly and great with the kids as well.

Abdel and Said were so patient as we planned and asked questions. Thank you to the entire team for a once-in-a-lifetime experience in beautiful Morocco!

Hotel Reviews
Tiziri Luxury Camp
Merzouga

Tiziri Camp is one of our favorite experiences/places to stay EVER! We felt at home as soon as we arrived and the staff was so welcoming at every turn. The tents are so comfortable and even luxurious! The staff prepares delicious meals and was so accommodating for our whole family - they helped our kids sandboard, arranged for us to visit a pool during the day and played Berber music in the evenings. We stayed 2 nights and would definitely recommend! 1 night would have been too short to fully enjoy the experience!

Authenticity & Character
We enjoyed learning about the Berber culture
Location
Beautiful scenery
Staff
Can’t say enough about the friendly and amazing staff!
Cleanliness & Comfort
Very comfortable accommodations and delicious food
Dar Rihana Dades
Douar Ait Ouffi

We loved this hotel run by two amazing brothers! It was raining when we arrived, and they came to our van to welcome us and help carry our bags in. We felt at home right away! One of the brothers is the chef and prepares truly amazing meals. We had dinner and then breakfast. Our rooms faced the street (back rooms have a nice view) but we arrived after dark so wouldn’t have been able to enjoy the view anyway. We would have loved to stay here longer! The back terrace and pool looked beautiful. The beautifully furnished rooms, top-notch food and warm hospitality are not to be missed!

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Location
Beautiful views in the back of the hotel
Staff
The staff were SO kind!
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Odyssee Center Hotel
Casablanca

This hotel was 100% comfortable - just didn’t have the character of our other hotels and airbnbs. No complaints and it was a great place to stay before our early flight.

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Staff were very nice and friendly
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Activity Reviews
Guided Tour of Marrakesh - Historic Monuments and Majorelle Gardens
Marrakesh

Our local guide Oosama did a great job showing us around Marrakesh. He patiently answered our questions and was great with our kids (even carrying our 4-year-old!). We loved touring the city with him, and he knew so many people as we walked around - that gave the tour a really authentic feel! Oosama felt like a friend showing us around his city.

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Majorelle Gardens Guided Visit
Marrakesh

We loved walking around the gardens! They are incredibly beautiful, and our kids enjoyed the animals as well (koi fish, turtles, frogs). We also really loved the YSL Museum even though we don’t know anything about fashion. The dresses are beautiful, and even our two older kids enjoyed it! This was definitely a highlight and not to be missed. Our driver recommended going early (9am) and we’re thankful for that - the gardens got busier as the morning went on.

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Hammam & Spa Experience
Marrakesh

This was so relaxing and a fun experience! We started with a wash and scrub in the steam room, then had foot massages, followed by full body massages (the 4-year-old skipped that and ended up napping in the foot massage room).

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
The staff were very accommodating of our kids
Marrakech to Boumalne Dades via Ait Benhaddou & Ouarzazate
Morocco

We loved walking around Ait Ben Haddou. Our driver Samir arranged a local guide (Aziz). Aziz was awesome! He was very patient with our kids and we learned a lot about the ruins. This was fascinating to see! We didn’t have much time in Ourzazatte so opted to skip the studio tour. I’m sure it would have been fun, but we wanted to get to our hotel in Boulmane Dades before too late in the evening.

Quality of Experience
Such a rich history
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Shout out to Aziz!
Boumalne Dades to Merzouga via Erfoud, Rissani & Sunset Camel Ride
Morocco

Long travel day, but Samir did a great job as always! The views along the way were amazing.

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Transport
ATV/Quad Adventure in Merzouga
Merzouga

The sand dunes of the Sahara are such a unique place to do an ATV ride and it was really fun to ride through the dunes.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
4WD Dunes Tour & Tea with Nomads
Merzouga

We enjoyed learning about the nomad lifestyle. Our guide Hassan was very accommodating, but not the best personality match for our group. We didn’t really interact with the nomad family - Hassan served us tea in their tent. I’m not sure if that is the norm or not. Hassan stopped at a pharmacy for some medicine for our daughter, which was much appreciated! We also enjoyed Berber pizza for lunch!

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Dinner with a Local Family
Morocco

The dinner with a local family was an excellent experience for our family. The food was delicious, the family was very welcoming and the son spoke very good English to chat with our kids! The host mother / cook even did Henna for us after dinner to add to our experience.

Quality of Experience
Food
Pastilla was delicious
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Private Food Tour of Marrakesh
Marrakesh

Fun, local experience of the Medina food options. The tangia and yoghurt were particular highlights, we even tried the snails from a Street vendor! The guide, Usama, was excellent.

Quality of Experience
Food
Tangia was delicious!
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Usama was awesome and so good with our kids.
Sandboarding Erg Chebbi Dunes
Merzouga

Good fun, and a workout carrying your board back up the sand dunes!

Guided Tour of Fes Medina
Fes

Really a nice tour of the city, particularly the Medina. We really enjoyed the viewpoint from the fort over the old town, the ceramics co-op, the old, beautiful quaranic school and the tanneries.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Adil was a great guide
Local specialist: Abdellah El Asely
Abdellah
Abdellah El Asely
Local specialist in Marrakech | Reviewed on Oct 15, 2022

Hi Tyler,

Thanks for devoting some time to leave us such an awesome review.

We are really happy to hear that you spent a great time in Morocco and you had a unique and lifetime experience. It really makes our day when we learn that our guests enjoyed their trip and we make their journeys memorable. All the members of our company will be thrilled to hear such compliments; I will make sure to pass your positive feedback on to them.

Thank you again and looking forward to having you once again in our country:)

Best Wishes,
Abdellah

Amazing trip to Morocco
Morocco | Sep 29 - Oct 6, 2022

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Cesar K.
Mexico | Reviewed on Oct 13, 2022

Our trip to Morocco was amazing, we had a great experience with the Original Travels team. Our driver Ilias who was with us for the whole trip it's an amazing guy, super friendly and always looking to make the best of our stay, he took us to several different places for lunch which we had not have known if it wasn't for him; I think that brought us nearer to a local experience, which we appreciate. The whole itinerary was exactly as described and the hotels were surprisingly more beautiful... read more

Our trip to Morocco was amazing, we had a great experience with the Original Travels team. Our driver Ilias who was with us for the whole trip it's an amazing guy, super friendly and always looking to make the best of our stay, he took us to several different places for lunch which we had not have known if it wasn't for him; I think that brought us nearer to a local experience, which we appreciate. The whole itinerary was exactly as described and the hotels were surprisingly more beautiful than in the pictures we saw at the itinerary, which was a very nice surprise. All staff from the hotels and the local tour guides were very friendly and willing to accommodate to any special needs; most of them are fluid in english, french and spanish. We did the whole trip around the country in nine days touching around seven cities, so one thing that I will say is that you should be expecting long transfers by car with the obvious potential changes of itinerary due to traffic, etc. whenever that happened, Ilias our driver, helped us reschedule and rearrange our activities so we did not miss anything, but I do recommend you have an open mind and try to enjoy the most of your road trip. Overall a great experience and I highly recomend the experience with KimKim and Original Travels.

Hotel Reviews
Palais Amani
Fès
Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Desert Luxury Camp
Merzouga
Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Lina Ryad & Spa
Chefchaouene
Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
The View Hotel
Rabat
Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Ksar El Kabbaba
Skoura
Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
La Maison Arabe Hotel
Marrakech
Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Activity Reviews
Guided Tour of Hassan II Mosque
Morocco
Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Half-Day Private Sightseeing Tour in Rabat
Rabat
Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Guided Tour of Chefchaoeun
Chefchaouen
Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Chefchaouen to Fes via Volubilis, Moulay Idriss & Meknes
Morocco
Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Half-Day Guided Tour of Fes Medina
Fes
Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Dinner with a Local Family
Morocco
Quality of Experience
Food
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Transfer to Merzouga, Bedouin Experience & Camel Rides
Morocco
Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Private Tour of Marrakech, the "Red City"
Marrakesh
Quality of Experience
Food
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Le Jardin Secret Gardens Tour
Marrakesh
Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Local specialist: Abdellah El Asely
Abdellah
Abdellah El Asely
Local specialist in Marrakech | Reviewed on Oct 14, 2022

Hi Cesar,

Thank you so much for leaving us such an awesome review, it's highly appreciated.

It means the world to us that you have enjoyed your journey with our company and we catered to your wishes and needs. Satisfaction of our guests is part and parcel of our job and we always do our best to keep the top-notch service and make our guests' experiences unique and memorable. I will pass on your kind words to our team and your driver Ilias in particular.

Thanks again for your feedback and looking forward to having you once again in our country:)

Best Wishes,
Abdellah

The local company, Original tours, was quick ...
Morocco | Sep 30 - Oct 7, 2022

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David R.
Canada | Reviewed on Oct 08, 2022

The local company, Original tours, was quick to reply with any questions, requests or issues along the way. Our driver drove us safely but we would suggest that the vans have working seat belts for passengers. Accommodations were good except for the Kasbah in Bonaire Dades. It was a little lower in standard of both rooms and food. Overall a good experience. It was our choice to cover a lot of territory so the days were long but we got to see and do a lot!! read more

The local company, Original tours, was quick to reply with any questions, requests or issues along the way. Our driver drove us safely but we would suggest that the vans have working seat belts for passengers. Accommodations were good except for the Kasbah in Bonaire Dades. It was a little lower in standard of both rooms and food. Overall a good experience. It was our choice to cover a lot of territory so the days were long but we got to see and do a lot!!

Hotel Reviews
Riad Ghita
Fes
Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Tiziri Luxury Camp
Merzouga
Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Kasbah Tizzarouine
Boumalne
Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Riad Passali
Marrakech
Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Local specialist: Abdellah El Asely
Abdellah
Abdellah El Asely
Local specialist in Marrakech | Reviewed on Oct 16, 2022

Hi David,

Thank you so much for sharing your feedback with us, we really appreciated it, as we love hearing from our customers and we’re always looking for ways to improve our services. Our staff always do their best to provide the best possible service to our guests and live up to their expectations, and we are glad that this commitment was reflected in your visit.

We are, however, sorry to hear about your experience in Boumalne Dades. We have been proposing this accommodation for our... read more

Hi David,

Thank you so much for sharing your feedback with us, we really appreciated it, as we love hearing from our customers and we’re always looking for ways to improve our services. Our staff always do their best to provide the best possible service to our guests and live up to their expectations, and we are glad that this commitment was reflected in your visit.

We are, however, sorry to hear about your experience in Boumalne Dades. We have been proposing this accommodation for our guests many years ago and we have never received any negative feedback about it. I have contacted them and they promised that such a situation wouldn't take place again.

Sorry again for any inconvenience and looking forward to having you again in our country.

Best Wishes,
Abdellah

Wonderful 9 days in Morocco
Morocco | Sep 16 - Sep 25, 2022

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D T.
the Netherlands | Reviewed on Oct 03, 2022

Said
Was great pre trip arranging Itinerary and making suggestions, he was also great with arranging last minute changes due to late flight arrival and moving to a different location during the trip.

Faysel our driver made the trip , great music in the car very safe driver and lots of fun.

Overall a wonderful trip and great experience.

Danny & Emma , Amsterdam read more

Said
Was great pre trip arranging Itinerary and making suggestions, he was also great with arranging last minute changes due to late flight arrival and moving to a different location during the trip.

Faysel our driver made the trip , great music in the car very safe driver and lots of fun.

Overall a wonderful trip and great experience.

Danny & Emma , Amsterdam

Hotel Review
Lina Ryad & Spa
Chefchaouene

Wonderful place Room 5 with your own terrace overlooking the town, possible to book the pool for private swims and great breakfast.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Activity Review
Dades Valley Hike & Lunch with Local Family
Morocco

Mohamed Amjon, Brilliant guide for of facts and humour. His wife made the best food I tasted in the whole trip. Overall one of the best days.

Quality of Experience
Food
Taste
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Local specialist: Abdellah El Asely
Abdellah
Abdellah El Asely
Local specialist in Marrakech | Reviewed on Oct 03, 2022

Hi Danny and Emma,

Thanks for leaving our business a 5-star rating, it’s truly appreciated!

We’re pleased that we were able to provide you with exceptional service and lived up to your expectations. We are always passionate about sharing great moments with our guests and immerse them in our inspirational culture. You have left a smile on the faces of our team with your kind words; it really means the world to us!!!

Looking forward to having you again in Morocco.

Best,
Abdellah

Trip of a lifetime
Morocco | Sep 2 - Sep 18, 2022

Jennifer
Jennifer O.
Morristown, NJ | Reviewed on Sep 28, 2022

Overall we had an amazing experience planning and participating in our trip to Morocco where we visited Rabat, Chefchaouen, Fes, Merzouga, Boumalne Dades, Marrakech, Essaouira, and Casablanca. From start to finish KimKim and it’s affiliate Original Travels accommodated our wishes and succeeded in meeting our expectations.

This was the first time that we used a travel agency to plan a trip and relinquished the planning process to another. It was really nice to not worry about anything.... read more

Overall we had an amazing experience planning and participating in our trip to Morocco where we visited Rabat, Chefchaouen, Fes, Merzouga, Boumalne Dades, Marrakech, Essaouira, and Casablanca. From start to finish KimKim and it’s affiliate Original Travels accommodated our wishes and succeeded in meeting our expectations.

This was the first time that we used a travel agency to plan a trip and relinquished the planning process to another. It was really nice to not worry about anything. Our trip was 16 days long, with 8 different accommodations, 6 different tour guides, 8 different major stops (not including all the wonderful places in between), 1 amazing driver (Karim), and an impromptu neighborhood get together. Each place was completely different and exciting. Having never been to Morocco, we were blown away with the kindness of the people and the beauty of the country.

Our accommodations were 5 star hotels, luxury tent, guest houses, or riads with delicious breakfasts that met or exceeded our assumptions with one exception. Riad Perle D'Eau in Essaouira was clean and the rooms were large but overall the hotel is aging and was not on par with the rest of our accommodations. Once you’ve stayed in amazing places you definitely can feel the difference. The breakfast was mediocre too. It would have gone a long way if our rooms overlooked the ocean instead of a staircase and another room.

In Fes we stayed in a beautiful Riad where the shear beauty of the open air lobby meets you at the door. The stage is definitely set when you arrive to a traditional tea service. Upon showing us to our room we were overjoyed with my sisters room and were told that the hotel had “upgraded” us to an upper floor. There was no comparison to how much nicer her room was. If we had not seen her room we would have been happy in our accommodations but her experience was definitely different. We asked to be moved and they were unable to accommodate us. When traveling with others, you want the rooms to be the same not glaringly different.

We signed up for many workshops and truly loved learning how to make the many exports Morocco is known for. We walked away from each experience appreciating the amount of time, effort, and skill put into each piece of pottery, leather goods, food, brass and copper, blanket, and rug.

The only one that did not meet our expectations was the babouche shoe workshop in Marrakech. We were supposed to fully make a pair of shoes to take with us. Even though we learned the steps to making a puff puff and shoes, we were unable to make our own. At least 3 hours need to be set aside to accommodate this class. Originally we were scheduled to do this in the morning followed by a food tour. Both the food tour and the workshop were rushed and therefore not as we had anticipated.

I would not recommend the winery tour outside of Essaouira. (we were scheduled to tour the facility, wine taste and luncheon there). We chose to continue on to Essaouira and Original Travels took us to a wonderful restaurant on the beach where we enjoyed a glass of wine and a delicious seafood meal.

We rode a camel, sand surfed, took a kite surfing class and a cooking class, had a message, a facial, 2 Hammams, hiked in the Atlas Mountains, and participated in a balloon ascension over Marrakech. These activities enhanced our overall experience.

Each stop we made, each place we visited, each person we met left us with a true appreciation for Morocco. Thank you KimKim and Original Travels for an exceptional once in a lifetime experience.

Hotel Reviews
The View Hotel
Rabat

Wonderful first stop. Enjoyed the treats awaiting our arrival from the airport. Breakfast was delicious!

Authenticity & Character
Beautiful new hotel
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
La Maison Arabe Hotel
Marrakech

My favorite! Enjoyed the 1946 hotel steeped in history. If it’s good enough for Winston Churchill it’s definitely good enough for me. Afternoon tea and cookies is a wonderful way to end your day.

Authenticity & Character
Beautiful hotel and delicious food
Location
The neighborhood was a little run down but a quick walk to the square.
Staff
Remembered our name every time and was genuinely happy to see us each afternoon
Cleanliness & Comfort
Lina Ryad & Spa
Chefchaouene

Riad was perfectly located. Simple accommodations with a very helpful staff. Breakfast was delicious. Tried our first Hammam here and the private pool. The Hammam is not a luxurious spa like experience but definitely an eye opener and my skin never looked better.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Palais Amani
Fès

Upon checking in the staff showed us to our rooms. My sister’s room was on the main floor with a beautiful open floor plan overlooking the Riad’s open space. We were told that we were upgraded to another room. Unfortunately this room didn’t feel like an upgrade but of a switch to accommodate another. Our room felt dark where the bathroom was separated between the bathing area and facilities right between the seating area making the room feel cramped. To be fair we probably would have been happy with the accommodations if we hadn’t seen the other beautiful room.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Tiziri Luxury Camp
Merzouga

Loved visiting the Sahara Desert. I would recommend visiting for only one day since there isn’t enough to do for 2 days. I would not take guests to a pool that isn’t up to the same standard as the camp. The pool where we were dropped off at was still under construction and shouldn’t be used.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Dar Rihana Dades
Douar Ait Ouffi

Loved our stay here. The hospitality and food was superb.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Riad Perle D'Eau
Essaouira

The rooms were large and clean, unfortunately they looked into someone else’s room and a stairway. The Riad is dated with a mediocre breakfast.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Rooms do not have airconditioning so having to close the drapes to preserve our privacy made the rooms uncomfortable.
Hôtel & Spa Le Doge
Casablanca

The Art Deco hotel takes a minute to get used to. My sister’s room was so outlandish that they moved her to a different room where she was very comfortable. The staff was fabulous and the breakfast was delicious.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Activity Reviews
Transfer to Essaouira & Argan Oil Tour
Morocco

Enjoyed the demonstration and walked away with a better understanding on how the oil is made. More of a stop to purchase quality products.

Quality of Experience
Half-Day Private Sightseeing Tour in Rabat
Rabat
Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Guided Tour of Chefchaoeun
Chefchaouen
Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Very informative
Transport
Chefchaouen to Fes via Volubilis, Moulay Idriss & Meknes
Morocco

Loved all of our stops and really enjoyed our stop at Volubilis.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Karim did a great job getting making stops and adding adventure throughout the day.
Dades Valley Hike & Lunch with Local Family
Morocco

Loved spending time with our guide and his lovely wife. They were incredibly welcoming!

Quality of Experience
Food
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Taxi was definitely an adventure on its own.
Dinner with a Local Family
Morocco

The dinner was delicious! Unfortunately, the wife was so tired that we felt like we were an inconvenience.

Quality of Experience
Food
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Pottery & Mosaïc workshop
Morocco

We loved this activity! We really gained an appreciation for all the work that goes into the art of mosaics and pottery.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Traditional Henna Party
Morocco

The artist was extremely talented in her craft.

Quality of Experience
Transport
Brass Etching Workshop in Fes
Fes

We didn’t have a workshop but we did take a tour of the brass making area and saw the experts at work.

Quality of Experience
Fes to Merzouga Sunset Camel Ride via Midelt & Erfoud
Morocco

Wonderful day! Lamb lunch was an adventure and loved meeting the monkeys! Riding a camel was an experience in itself. Two hours with rain, wind and sand felt like authentic once in a lifetime ride.

Quality of Experience
Food
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Ensemble Artisanal (Handicraft Centre) in Marrakech
Marrakesh

Highly recommend a visit. Quality merchandise priced reasonably without the stress of bargaining!

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Full-Day Guided Sightseeing in Fes
Fes

Loved our guide Hafid! We felt like we were in great hands from start to finish. When bargaining let him help you. We overpaid at the leather store because we tried to do it ourselves. We learned a valuable lesson and got much better as our trip progressed. He spent two full days with us and we enjoyed it immensely.

Quality of Experience
Food
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Boumalne Dades to Marrakech via Ouarzazate & Aït Benhaddou
Morocco

I loved all of our stops… it’s a long day!

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Guided Desert Adventures in Erg Chebbi
Morocco
Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Erg Chebbi Desert adventure
Morocco
Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Merzouga to Boumalne Dades via Tinghir & Todra Gorge
Morocco
Le Jardin Secret Gardens Tour
Marrakesh

We ate lunch her which was a beautiful spot to take a break!

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Marrakech - Full Day Tour
Marrakesh

Great job acclimating us to the city and giving us wonderful history information.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Hot Air Balloon Ride
Marrakesh

What a wonderful way to see Morocco! This was my sister’s first ascension and our 3rd.

Quality of Experience
Food
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Traditional Cooking Class at La Maison Arabe
Marrakesh

Great class start to finish! My husband that doesn’t cook loved it as well. We ate the food that we prepared and it was delicious.

Quality of Experience
Food
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Private Food Tour
Marrakesh

Unfortunately this was at the end of the day and we felt rushed. We did enjoy the main meal but could have gone with Karim and had the same experience.

Quality of Experience
Food
Create your family's 'Babouche
Morocco

We only had 40 minutes to have a small demonstration about puffs and Babouche shoes. While informative, it was not what we expected.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Carpet Weaving With Berber Women
Morocco

Demonstration and 5 mins each weaving.

Quality of Experience
Hammam La Mamounia
Marrakesh

Excellent!

Quality of Experience
Wine Tasting at Domaine Val d'Argan
Essaouira

They didn’t know we were coming so we moved on to Essaouira where we had a lovely lunch on the beach.

Quality of Experience
Private Kitesurfing Lesson
Essaouira

Our instructor was thorough and knowledgeable. We ended our lesson with a better understanding of the sport and a desire to continue with lessons.

Quality of Experience
Essaouira to Casablanca via Eljadida Coastal Route
Morocco

Uneventful drive. Seeing a sheep on top of a car being transported and a camel along the road was our highlight.

Guided Tour of Hassan II Mosque
Morocco

Beautiful Mosque and a must see since it’s the only one in the country that you can go in.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Off-The-Beaten-Path Casablanca for Early Arrivers
Casablanca

Our trip wouldn’t have been the same without Karim our exceptional driver. From start to finish he was instrumental in getting us from point A to Z with wonderful stops in between.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
It’s amazing how much stuff we got in one car.
Local specialist: Abdellah El Asely
Abdellah
Abdellah El Asely
Local specialist in Marrakech | Reviewed on Sep 29, 2022

Hi Jennifer,

Thank you very much for making time to provide us with your detailed feedback. It's really important as it helps us to enhance our guests' experience.

We are glad to hear that we succeeded in meeting your expectations and you had a unique and lifetime experience with our company. All the members of our team always endeavor to go above and beyond to ensure that our guests have memorable moments in our beautiful kingdom. As you mentioned, Morocco is known for the kindness and... read more

Hi Jennifer,

Thank you very much for making time to provide us with your detailed feedback. It's really important as it helps us to enhance our guests' experience.

We are glad to hear that we succeeded in meeting your expectations and you had a unique and lifetime experience with our company. All the members of our team always endeavor to go above and beyond to ensure that our guests have memorable moments in our beautiful kingdom. As you mentioned, Morocco is known for the kindness and hospitality of its people and we always treat our guests as members of our family and make them embrace the moroccan inspirational cultures as real Moroccans. Such reviews are what keeps us on progress and pushes us to offer more to our precious travelers.

We are, however, sorry to hear about your experience in Riad Perle D'eau. We have recommended this Riad for many years and no client has ever complained about it or their food service. It is the first time to have such an issue; we will contact them to know the reason behind this inconvenience and avoid any similar situation in the future.

Palais Amani is also one of the best luxury accommodations in Fes. We have booked the same categories for both of you, It sounds strange that you didn't have the same type of room similar to your sister's. We have implemented a new communication system for our booking manager to double check with hotels to assure that all the rooms booked look the same and have same category.

Thanks also for sharing your notes about your experience in the red city. Initially, the purpose from this activity is to learn the steps of making the babouche choes and end up making your own. That's really inconvenient that you didn't experience that as it's a part and parcel of the activity; I have contacted your guide in Marrakech and she promised that such a situation wouldn't take place again.

We are sincerely sorry for the inconveniences and looking forward to seeing you again soon.

Best Regards,
Abdel

Bravo KimKim! We give you a full 5 star revi...
Morocco | Sep 9 - Sep 17, 2022

Linda
Linda B.
Coeur d'Alene, ID | Reviewed on Sep 26, 2022

Bravo KimKim! We give you a full 5 star review for our 9 day enriching experience!
I can’t say enough about our guide Samir! He was kind, polite, and informative. He gave us a true Moroccan experience completed by a visit with a nomad family where they served us tea and bread, and lunch served by a local family during our road-trip through the country.

Everyone is Morocco was very hospitable and our guide Samir was no exception. He raised the bar for any future guide we may encounter.... read more

Bravo KimKim! We give you a full 5 star review for our 9 day enriching experience!
I can’t say enough about our guide Samir! He was kind, polite, and informative. He gave us a true Moroccan experience completed by a visit with a nomad family where they served us tea and bread, and lunch served by a local family during our road-trip through the country.

Everyone is Morocco was very hospitable and our guide Samir was no exception. He raised the bar for any future guide we may encounter.
Thank you Samir, for your kindness and guidance. After our 9 days, we consider you a friend. We are truly grateful for all that he did for us.
Samir exceeded all our expectations and made Morocco a pleasure to visit.

In addition, we were provided with 2 special tour guides, Muhammad for the Medina of Fez and Abdoula for the Medina in Marrakesh. They both assured we were buying local and authentic products, and both of them were extremely knowledgeable. They each spoke fluent English as well!

With kind regards,
Linda

Hotel Reviews
Es Saadi Marrakech Resort Palace
Hivernage Marrakech

This palace was absolutely beautiful and the accommodations and service was over the top!!!

Authenticity & Character
Loved the artwork on the walls, the fountain in the lobby. The garden environment around the pool. Absolutely like a palace
Location
It was so beautiful. Inside and outside!
Staff
They were very kind, friendly and attentive
Cleanliness & Comfort
Spotless
The white camel Acacia
Merzouga

The accommodations where unbelievable. I can’t believe they pulled that off in the middle of a desert! Glamping is in understatement. The tents were complete with a private bathroom with shower. The chef was on point and they even provided entertainment. Our waiter was amazing. I wished I remembered his name. His presence was absolutely lovely. Thank you so much!

Authenticity & Character
Absolutely everything!
Location
The camel ride, the view of the Sahara, the sunset, and the sun rise!a definite highlight! So fun!
Staff
Their kindness and authenticity!
Cleanliness & Comfort
Exceeded all my expectations!
Local specialist: Abdellah El Asely
Abdellah
Abdellah El Asely
Local specialist in Marrakech | Reviewed on Sep 27, 2022

Hi Linda,

Thanks for this amazing 5-star review you have left us, we are delighted that you enjoyed your trip with our company.

It makes our day to hear that you spent great time with us exploring the scenic beauty of the Moroccan Kingdom and immersing yourselves in its inspirational culture. At Original Travels, we always strive much hard to provide our guests' with a lifetime experience and make their journeys unique and memorable. I will pass on your positive feedback to our team and to... read more

Hi Linda,

Thanks for this amazing 5-star review you have left us, we are delighted that you enjoyed your trip with our company.

It makes our day to hear that you spent great time with us exploring the scenic beauty of the Moroccan Kingdom and immersing yourselves in its inspirational culture. At Original Travels, we always strive much hard to provide our guests' with a lifetime experience and make their journeys unique and memorable. I will pass on your positive feedback to our team and to your driver Samir in particular.

Thank you again for choosing to travel with us, and we will be happy to assist you with your future travels to Morocco!

All the best,
Abdellah

Morroco Summer Trip
Morocco | Aug 13 - Aug 21, 2022

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Bowie N.
Port Chester, NY | Reviewed on Sep 14, 2022

Abdellah was great. Said was fantastic - helping us doing all the last minute dinner reservations and changing itinerary to add visit to Cave of Hercules or staying longer in Rabat.

The desert and Chefchaouen definitely were the highlight of our trip! read more

Abdellah was great. Said was fantastic - helping us doing all the last minute dinner reservations and changing itinerary to add visit to Cave of Hercules or staying longer in Rabat.

The desert and Chefchaouen definitely were the highlight of our trip!

Hotel Reviews
Desert Luxury Camp
Merzouga

It was amazing, love the camel ride, sand boarding, great service and have air conditioning!

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Lina Ryad & Spa
Chefchaouene

Beautiful city, hotel and location. Great services and private session for pool! Highly recommended

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
La Maison Arabe Hotel
Marrakech
Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Riad Salam Fes
Fes

Beautiful hotel but a bit dated (bathroom smell) ...... but staff and services were great

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
It's clean but probably need some pipe cleaning /renovation
Hotel Xaluca Dades
Boumalne
Authenticity & Character
Cleanliness & Comfort
Riad Kalaa
Rabat
Activity Reviews
Guided Tour of Marrakesh - Historic Monuments and Majorelle Gardens
Marrakesh

Ok experience, expect the private guide to provide a bit more info/ color on sites. Also visited too many shops that were not necessary.

Guides, Drivers and Staff
Boumalne Dades to Merzouga via Erfoud, Rissani & Sunset Camel Ride
Morocco

Love love the desert experience!

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Guided Tour of Fes Medina
Fes

The private guide was great

Fes to Chefchaouen via Meknes, Moulay Idriss & Volubilis
Morocco

Beautiful blue city, wish we have time to stay longer

Quality of Experience
Local specialist: Abdellah El Asely
Abdellah
Abdellah El Asely
Local specialist in Marrakech | Reviewed on Sep 15, 2022

Hi Bowie,

Thank you so much for devoting some time to write such a great review.

We are so thrilled to hear that you had a unique and lifetime experience with our company and you enjoyed your trip to the fullest. At Original Travels, we always endeavor to cater to our guests' satisfaction and make their journey with us a memorable one. I will pass on your positive feedback to the staff to push them to keep providing the amazing work and high quality services.

Looking forward to seeing you again in our gorgeous country.

Best,
Abdel

Moroccan bliss
Morocco | Aug 6 - Aug 12, 2022

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Annabelle M.
San Francisco, CA | Reviewed on Sep 07, 2022

My daughter and I spend 6 wonderful days crossing Morocco and could not have been more pleased with our driver Nouri and our local guides. From private cooking classes and sunrise balloon rides to market tours and our beautiful accommodations, we were given the red carpet treatment everywhere we went. They were even able to handle some last minute itinerary changes as well as minor medical issues in stride.

We will absolutely use KimKin in the future and would not hesitate to recommend... read more

My daughter and I spend 6 wonderful days crossing Morocco and could not have been more pleased with our driver Nouri and our local guides. From private cooking classes and sunrise balloon rides to market tours and our beautiful accommodations, we were given the red carpet treatment everywhere we went. They were even able to handle some last minute itinerary changes as well as minor medical issues in stride.

We will absolutely use KimKin in the future and would not hesitate to recommend them to anyone looking for a first class concierge while traveling.

Hotel Review
Riad Fès - Relais & Châteaux
Fès

A beautiful, classic space in the old city where the quality of the stay (staff, food) more than matched the surroundings.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Local specialist: Abdellah El Asely
Abdellah
Abdellah El Asely
Local specialist in Marrakech | Reviewed on Sep 08, 2022

Hi Annabelle,

Thank you so much for the kind words and owesome feedback which highly appreciated.

We’re so glad to learn that you had a wonderful experience with your daughter and passed a great time together in our gorgeous country. An excellent experience is obviously what we set as our goal for every guest who comes to enjoy our fabulous country, and discover its beauty. We take a lot of pride in our work and we are so grateful that we made your trip a success.

Looking forward to having you again in our country.

Best,
Abdel

Trip of a lifetime to Morocco
Morocco | Jun 9 - Jun 29, 2022

Lam
Lam N.
Missoula, MT | Reviewed on Aug 31, 2022

We, like so many people, had a lot of wanderlust built up from the pandemic years. We also had a few family milestones come up this year. So we wanted a really special trip and we let our graduating high school senior pick the destination -- Morocco. That was the full extent of our ability to plan. We didn't want to be on a big all-inclusive tour, but neither could we manage a fully independently-planned itinerary.

Kimkim came to the rescue!

Our local specialist team planned a... read more

We, like so many people, had a lot of wanderlust built up from the pandemic years. We also had a few family milestones come up this year. So we wanted a really special trip and we let our graduating high school senior pick the destination -- Morocco. That was the full extent of our ability to plan. We didn't want to be on a big all-inclusive tour, but neither could we manage a fully independently-planned itinerary.

Kimkim came to the rescue!

Our local specialist team planned a fantastic and varied itinerary (Sea, Rif Mountains, Imperial Cities, Sahara, Atlas Mountains) for us, complete with private van transportation between places. I so appreciated that they took the initiative to mock up a plan, including accommodations, based on some initial feedback about our traveling style and objectives, and then were able to adjust and fine tune (that's too fancy! not enough time here, too much history/serious stuff, more camels! etc.) to craft us a trip that everybody was excited about (we have 4 boys 11-19) and which made good use of our time there to see a little bit of everything. It was so nice to be able to just relax into the rhythm of the trip once we got on the plane, vs scrambling to arrange the next place, transportation, etc.

Mike Tyson famously said, "Everybody has a plan until they get punched in the mouth." The plan was fantastic. Our punch in the mouth came when a member of our group became ill in Fes one week into our trip. With four boys in tow and myself being the only person who could communicate in a language other than English, we would have been completely overwhelmed had we not had the amazing support from Abdellah and his local team. They rearranged the remainder of our trip, helped secure medical care, made sure the boys were still amused during our extended stay in one of our stops, in short, did all the heavy lifting needed so that we could continue on safely and with a minimum of stress, and maintained all the must-keeps (camels, camels and camels) from our itinerary despite the changes.

Abdellah and his team made us feel truly cared for and the guides they arranged, especially in Chefchaouen and Essaouira, seemed personally invested in showcasing the best and most interesting parts of their cities.

We went to Morocco knowing that it would be the trip of a lifetime but assuming that we would keep exploring new places after that; we now know there is so much more to explore there and plan to return!

Hotel Reviews
Riad Madu
Merzouga

This hotel on the edge of the Sahara desert was a totally magical experience. We'd had a long day on the road to get there and arrived in the early evening. The temperature was around 110. The boys rolled out of the car and the hotel staff, knowing exactly what they needed, showed them directly to the pool. The pool deck was supervised by a very charismatic sheepdog whom the boys immediately fell in love with. Everything about the hotel is beautiful and the dinner was excellent.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Riad Chbanate
Essaouira

The accommodations were beautiful and the hotel was very conveniently located. But our stay was made especially memorable because of the really fantastic hotel manager. He and his staff made us feel really cared for.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Local specialist: Abdellah El Asely
Abdellah
Abdellah El Asely
Local specialist in Marrakech | Reviewed on Sep 01, 2022

Hi Lam,

We really appreciate the time you took to leave such a detailed and thoughtful review about our service.

We're happy that you spent a wonderful time in Morocco enjoying its scenic sights, imperial cities, historical monuments and inspirational cultures. It means the world to us to hear that our staff have taken good care of you especially when a member of your group got sick, and that we did our best to make sure everything was going well. Our guests' safety is our priority and we... read more

Hi Lam,

We really appreciate the time you took to leave such a detailed and thoughtful review about our service.

We're happy that you spent a wonderful time in Morocco enjoying its scenic sights, imperial cities, historical monuments and inspirational cultures. It means the world to us to hear that our staff have taken good care of you especially when a member of your group got sick, and that we did our best to make sure everything was going well. Our guests' safety is our priority and we always strive much hard to make them feel truly cared for throughout the whole trip. Your valuable comments are what helps us to improve our business, and push us forward to even greater progress. Original travels designs wonderful trips for guests and welcome them warmly as members of family not as outsiders or strangers, and we are so grateful to know that we delivered this commitment to you.

Wish to serve you again in the future and design another great trip for you exploring other parts of the country and dig more deeply into its magical beauty.

Best,
Abdel

Hi - I totally recommend KimKim in Morocco ; Kudos to the team!
Morocco | Aug 5 - Aug 14, 2022

Roel
Roel S.
Rye, NY | Reviewed on Aug 31, 2022

Hi - I totally recommend KimKim in Morocco for organizing your next trip. Our experience has been fantastic! The planning process - ahead of the trip - was a smooth ride. I continued to make quite a lot of changes to the itinerary, but Abdel and Said (with whom I communicated online via the kimkim website) remained calm and patient, and provided speedy and thoughtful answers to all my requests and questions.
Then, during the trip itself, we remained in touch with Said (via Whatsapp) to... read more

Hi - I totally recommend KimKim in Morocco for organizing your next trip. Our experience has been fantastic! The planning process - ahead of the trip - was a smooth ride. I continued to make quite a lot of changes to the itinerary, but Abdel and Said (with whom I communicated online via the kimkim website) remained calm and patient, and provided speedy and thoughtful answers to all my requests and questions.
Then, during the trip itself, we remained in touch with Said (via Whatsapp) to make small tweaks along the way. And also during that time Said was amazingly responsive and action-oriented.
The trip itself was glorious, because Morocco has a lot to offer. We are a family with 4 teenage kids (i.e.: sometimes hard to please!), and they all loved the surprising activities, beautiful hotels, impressive landscapes, the mix of cultures, and the great Moroccon food.
Also, the Kimkim team and I ensured we had sufficient variety in the program, and that we also had some downtime - during which we couldn't still anyway and organized a few optional activities ourselves (e.g. hammams, cooking class). :-)
Also a shoutout to Samir, our driver from Original Travels.!
In conclusion: What an amazing trip it was!
Will definitely use KimKim for a possible following trip in another country.

Hotel Review
Riad Salam Fes
Fes

Everything about this hotel is amazing: the history, the entourage, the service. But I do want to call out Mohammed and his team, who always welcomed us with a smile and with kind words. That made us really feel home at this glorious hotel.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Local specialist: Abdellah El Asely
Abdellah
Abdellah El Asely
Local specialist in Marrakech | Reviewed on Sep 01, 2022

Hi Roel,

Thank you so much for giving us such a perfect rating and leaving us an amazing five star review.

It was a pleasure to have you in our beautiful country and make your journey an unforgettable one. We really love to learn that you enjoyed all the destinations and activities we have crafted for you and the hospitality provided by the members of our team. We always value our guests' feedback and take it into consideration so as to improve the guest's experience and enhance their... read more

Hi Roel,

Thank you so much for giving us such a perfect rating and leaving us an amazing five star review.

It was a pleasure to have you in our beautiful country and make your journey an unforgettable one. We really love to learn that you enjoyed all the destinations and activities we have crafted for you and the hospitality provided by the members of our team. We always value our guests' feedback and take it into consideration so as to improve the guest's experience and enhance their satisfaction. Your awesome comments have been shared with our team to let them know that their hard work was so much valued.

So happy that your visit to Morocco was memorable and we look forward to having you again in our beautiful country.

Best,
Abdel

A superb trip through Morocco organized by Original Travel!
Morocco | Jul 23 - Aug 13, 2022

Aarti
Aarti G.
the Netherlands | Reviewed on Aug 28, 2022

28 Aug 2022

Original Travels is a fantastic travel agency for Morocco that we highly recommend.

We travelled through Morocco for three weeks in July-August 2022, as a family of three. The entire trip was organized by Abdel of Original Travels and his team, via KimKim. Based on information we provided regarding our interests and places we wanted to visit, Abdel proposed a fantastic and comprehensive 21-day agenda for us, which we were able to fine-tune and refine until we were fully... read more

28 Aug 2022

Original Travels is a fantastic travel agency for Morocco that we highly recommend.

We travelled through Morocco for three weeks in July-August 2022, as a family of three. The entire trip was organized by Abdel of Original Travels and his team, via KimKim. Based on information we provided regarding our interests and places we wanted to visit, Abdel proposed a fantastic and comprehensive 21-day agenda for us, which we were able to fine-tune and refine until we were fully satisfied with all aspects of it. Abdel then organized all practicalities of our trip, including booking all hotels/riads, local guides, and a private car with driver. The planning of our trip prior to our departure was therefore extremely easy and smooth.

Once we arrived in Morocco, our entire journey unfolded exactly as stated in our programme, down to all the lovely details. The hotels/riads and guides that Abdel had chosen for us were all wonderful in their own unique way. Everything was ready for us when we arrived at each new destination, smoothly executed, and superbly organized.

A special highlight of our trip was our driver-guide, Karim, who quickly became a friend of our family. We travelled three weeks with Karim. He was a wonderful holiday companion! Karim is an extremely friendly person, always with a joyful smile. He is also highly flexible, very easy-going, always punctual, and absolutely professional in all ways. Karim comes from an Amazigh (Berber) family, which makes travel with him in the mountains and desert especially insightful and exciting. Karim is fluent in English, French, Arabic and Tamazight. He is an experienced driver and guide for all of Morocco and personally knows many of the local contacts and hotel/riad staff, which makes travel especially smooth and safe. Karim is also an excellent driver, who carefully and safely navigates Moroccan highways, mountain roads and the small alleys of the medinas. We would highly recommend Karim as your driver if you are planning a holiday with Original Travels. We have experienced first-hand how he can add immeasurably to the holiday experience.

In terms of hotels, we stayed in riads that Abdel of Original Travels had suggested within the medinas of Rabat, Tangier, Fes, Chefchaouen, Marrakech and Essaouira, and we highly enjoyed each one. There was something to love about each riad, whether it was the ambience, the location, the friendliness of the staff, the comfort level, or the delicious breakfasts. We have written reviews for all riads that we stayed in on both TripAdvisor and on their respective sites.
We are experienced travellers, thus chose to explore all cities that we visited on our own, except for Fes and Marrakesh, where we had local guides suggested by Abdel. All guides provided by Abdul were very knowledgeable and enthusiastic about showing us around and added a lot to our experience and understanding of the respective cities and sites.

In terms of practicalities, we transferred the entire payment for our trip (for hotels, local guides, car, driver, etc.) in advance to Original Travels. Everything worked out exactly as promised and planned, and we did not experience any problems throughout our trip.

Abdul and Said from Original Travels, and our driver Karim, were also very flexible and helpful when our return flight was cancelled, and we had to stay two days longer.

In short, we highly recommend Original Travels and Abdel and Said without any reservation, with special mention of Karim as our excellent driver-guide. We did extensive research before we decided to plan our holiday with Abdel and his team, and the various arrangements and services by Original Travels exceeded our high expectations.

Given this wonderful experience in Morocco, we will also definitely look to KimKim, who put us in touch with Original Travels, to help us plan trips to future destinations as well.

Hotel Reviews
Riad Kalaa 2
Rabat

We loved this riad. It is one of the smaller and more intimate riads, with each room carefully furnished according to a specific theme. The staff was exceedingly friendly and the whole ambience was charming; a true oasis in the middle of the bustling medina (within easy distance to the riverfront as well).

Authenticity & Character
Beautifully decorated and charming
Location
In the medina, easy location from which to explore everything!
Staff
Very friendly, very accommodating. My daughter mentioned she loved watermelon, and they especially went out and brought some for her!
Cleanliness & Comfort
Very comfortable space for the three of us
Riad Mokhtar Tanger
Tangier

We really enjoyed this riad. It is a bit larger than others and a bit more modern, sporting even an elevator, but the charm of a riad is unchanged. The location is great, the breakfast/dining area very charming. We particularly loved watching the sunrise and sunset from the beautiful roof terrace.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Very friendly and welcoming
Cleanliness & Comfort
Loved our airy and light rooms!
Lina Ryad & Spa
Chefchaouene

This was a wonderful riad in the blue city, very beautifully renovated with a charming and friendly staff, and an excellent location, perfect to explore this marvelous city and wander around. We particularly enjoyed the indoor pool that could be used privately (by one group only at a time). It needed to be booked a day or a few hours in advance but that worked out smoothly. We also loved the massage service. The massage here was one of the best I have ever had!

Authenticity & Character
Lovely building, wonderful ambiance.
Location
Great location in the heart of the old medina
Staff
Very friendly and accommodating, making sure all our requests about use of indoor pool, massage etc., could be accommodated.
Cleanliness & Comfort
Everything was lovely, thoughtfully laid out and very comfortable
Riad Salam Fes
Fes

A truly impressive Riad building. It comes over as a fairy-tale palace, with large ground-floor guest areas all luxuriously decorated with ornamental tiles, plants, and lavish furnishings. We had a very comfortable stay here. The staff was extremely friendly and helpful in all ways. There was also a huge roof terrace that we did not use, however, because of the mid-summer climate. Dinner at the Riad was also delicious.

Authenticity & Character
An amazing entrance and ground floor, you feel you have entered another world.
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Tiziri Luxury Camp
Merzouga

We loved this camp and would highly recommend it. Perfect tents, wonderful staff, great food, and some lovely late-night folk singing in the middle of the desert – and do not miss the sunrise in the dunes. The camel safari that preceded our arrival here, and the 4-wheel drive ride back to our vehicle by camp staff through the dunes, were all very memorable! The management of the camp builds on ecological principles as much as possible, seeking to keep the environmental impact of the camp as minimal as possible. We loved our stay here!

Authenticity & Character
It was a magical experience to be at the camp for one lovely night!
Location
Staff
We loved the dinner and the breakfast, the music and singing in the evening and all the care and attention devoted to our comfort.
Cleanliness & Comfort
The tents were lovely and comfortable, while giving an authentic desert feel!
Dar Rihana Dades
Douar Ait Ouffi

This is a lovely small and personal riad, run by three very friendly brothers, with excellent rooms and a wonderful view over the valley. Their restaurant offers the best food we had on our entire three-week Morocco trip, with a highly innovative fusion of Moroccan and other cuisines. This included the beautifully laid out breakfast but also both dinners, which we chose to eat there as well. There seems to be another riad with a similar name in the area, so carefully check for the name (ours was the Dar Rihana Dades, not the Riad Rihana Dades!). As for our local guide in the Dades valley, you must ask for Mohammed; he was one of the highlights of our entire Morocco trip.

Authenticity & Character
We loved the ambience, the room layout, the manner in which the riad was decorated throughout. Very tastefully done!
Location
Perfect location
Staff
The staff were lovely, the owner-brothers were a pleasure to talk to. We loved to hear their story about how they started and what they aimed to achieve, also with the superb cuisine offered.
Cleanliness & Comfort
All lovely and absolutely comfortable!
Riad Passali
Marrakech

The Riad Passali is a wonderful accommodation with large open guest areas and pool, and lots of artwork in every corner. We loved our very comfortable rooms as well. The staff is amazingly friendly, and the location ideal for exploring the old medina. Highly recommended!

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Riad Maison Du Sud
Essaouira

The riad is beautiful restored and has a very relaxing ambience. Very friendly staff and great breakfast. The location is ideal for exploring and relaxing in the media and the waterfront; it is not a beach hotel close to the sand beach.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Activity Reviews
Guided Tour of Hassan II Mosque
Morocco

An absolutely beautiful mosque and our guide was very knowledgeable and with a lovely sense of humor!

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Transfer to Fes, Roman Ruins of Volubilis & Meknes
Morocco

This was definitely very worthwhile, we loved our Volubilis stop over. Our local guide at Volubilis (who our driver, Karim, organized for us) was excellent.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Guided Tour of Fes Medina
Fes

We loved our guided tour of Fes! Our guide, Hamid, was very knowledgeable and managed to pack everything we would have wanted to see into the time that we had together. He went the extra mile to make sure that we would get a very good idea of all that the wonderful medina of Fes had to offer, so that we could continue to explore by ourselves the next day. We would very much recommend him and a guided tour, generally!

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Dinner with a Local Family
Morocco

We loved the food, it was amazing!

Food
Transfer to Merzouga, Bedouin Experience & Camel Rides
Morocco

The camel ride was one of the absolute highlights of our Morocco trip, highly recommended!

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Dades Valley Hike & Lunch with Local Family
Morocco

We absolutely loved our hike in the Dades valley with Mohammed! This was one of the highlights of our trip. Mohammed was very knowledgeable and highly enthusiastic and friendly, sharing with us stories of his life in the valley and many 'Berber wisdoms' that we greatly appreciated! It was lovely to end the hike by having lunch with him in his warm and welcoming home and to meet his lovely family.

Quality of Experience
Food
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Hammam & Spa Experience
Marrakesh

We loved our traditional hammam and massage experience, highly recommended!

Quality of Experience
Guided Tour of Marrakesh - Historic Monuments and Majorelle Gardens
Marrakesh

Our guide in Marrakech was a wonderful lady, Hanan Elaadi. Hanan was a very knowledgeable, and an extremely competent and professional guide, showing us in a calm, unhurried and comprehensive manner all the key sites of the Marrakech medina. We thoroughly enjoyed listening to her explanations and enjoying the Medina highlights with her. We also loved the opportunity to get to know more about her, including how she came to be a guide. It was a fascinating day for us. Hanan was also very flexible, accommodating our desire to go for lunch to a specific restaurant and focusing on parts of the medina that we were particularly interested in. We recommend her very highly!

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Local specialist: Abdellah El Asely
Abdellah
Abdellah El Asely
Local specialist in Marrakech | Reviewed on Aug 29, 2022

Hi Aarti,

Thank you so much for sharing such a detailed feedback and for recommending our company to other travellers which highly appreciated.

We really love to hear that the trip suited you perfectly and you enjoyed all the destinations and activities we designed for you with your beautiful family. The team at Original travels always strive much hard to go above and beyond to ensure that our guests have memorable moments and experiences in our beautiful kingdom. Having you in our gorgeous... read more

Hi Aarti,

Thank you so much for sharing such a detailed feedback and for recommending our company to other travellers which highly appreciated.

We really love to hear that the trip suited you perfectly and you enjoyed all the destinations and activities we designed for you with your beautiful family. The team at Original travels always strive much hard to go above and beyond to ensure that our guests have memorable moments and experiences in our beautiful kingdom. Having you in our gorgeous country means the world to us and we take pride in the amazing service we supply. Morocco is known for its hospitality and generosity and it always opens its doors to guests like you to explore its scenic beauty and embrace its inspirational cultures. Your driver Karim is very professional and he always does his best to provide our guests with an outstanding experience. He shares everything with them and considers them as members of his family not as outsiders. All the staff of our company and Karim in particular will be more than thankful to hear such valuable compliments.

Looking forward to having you once again in our gorgeous country and we will make sure to have Karim again as your driver.

Best wishes,
Abdel

Trip of a lifetime!
Morocco | Aug 1 - Aug 11, 2022

Maryam
Maryam S.
Albany, CA | Reviewed on Aug 12, 2022

We had the most amazing time exploring Morocco with our guide (now someone we consider our friend and brother) Faysal! Not only is he so incredibly knowledgeable, but he is one of the warmest, kindest people we have ever met. He connected with every member of our family, and even arranged a special birthday dinner for one of the members of our group—with the band singing happy birthday and waitstaff bringing a cake with sparklers.☺️ We cannot say enough good things about Faysal, truly. ... read more

We had the most amazing time exploring Morocco with our guide (now someone we consider our friend and brother) Faysal! Not only is he so incredibly knowledgeable, but he is one of the warmest, kindest people we have ever met. He connected with every member of our family, and even arranged a special birthday dinner for one of the members of our group—with the band singing happy birthday and waitstaff bringing a cake with sparklers.☺️ We cannot say enough good things about Faysal, truly.

Our city guides, Hafid, Hanan, and Navid (sorry if I spelled his name wrong) were also very knowledgeable and a pleasure to tour with.

Thank you, Original Travel, from the bottom of our hearts, in helping organize a trip of a lifetime in beautiful, magical Morocco. So appreciate how flexible you all were with some of the changes we requested before and during the tour. We will always have a special place in our hearts for Morocco and its people.

Hotel Reviews
Lina Ryad & Spa
Chefchaouene
Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Palais Sebban
Marrakech

This is a gorgeous hotel. Highly recommended!

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Riad Laaroussa
Fez medina

The service was impeccable ( especially from Anwar) the rooftop was just breathtaking, and it was a perfect location. One of our favorite hotels on this trip!

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Local specialist: Abdellah El Asely
Abdellah
Abdellah El Asely
Local specialist in Marrakech | Reviewed on Aug 13, 2022

Hi Maryam,

Thank you so much for such an incredible feedback. We are happy to see that you had a 5-star experience at our company.

On behalf of all the members of our team, we would like to thank you for such precious words which highly valued. It means the world to us that we have designed a great trip for you and lived up to your expectations. Such a rating helps us to maintain an excellent standard of service to our valuable guests like you. We always strive much hard to provide our... read more

Hi Maryam,

Thank you so much for such an incredible feedback. We are happy to see that you had a 5-star experience at our company.

On behalf of all the members of our team, we would like to thank you for such precious words which highly valued. It means the world to us that we have designed a great trip for you and lived up to your expectations. Such a rating helps us to maintain an excellent standard of service to our valuable guests like you. We always strive much hard to provide our guests with memorable journeys and make them enjoy the scenic beauty of our country to the fullest. The intire team at Original Travels really appreciate your owesome review.

Thank you again and looking forward to serving you again in the future.

Best,
Abdel

Abdel, Said with Original Travels we’re so on...
Morocco | Aug 2 - Aug 9, 2022

Tracy
Tracy N.
Dallas, TX | Reviewed on Aug 10, 2022

Abdel, Said with Original Travels we’re so on point with all our bookings and excursions. They assigned us Samir our driver and all around caretaker. He was the best part. Our family of 5 felt perfectly safe and comfortable in his care. We are fast paced travelers and wanted first class care and accommodations. We are also highly focused on activities on our trip. They delivered exceptionally. The company and Samir went above and beyond to make sure all details were taken care of. Everyone... read more

Abdel, Said with Original Travels we’re so on point with all our bookings and excursions. They assigned us Samir our driver and all around caretaker. He was the best part. Our family of 5 felt perfectly safe and comfortable in his care. We are fast paced travelers and wanted first class care and accommodations. We are also highly focused on activities on our trip. They delivered exceptionally. The company and Samir went above and beyond to make sure all details were taken care of. Everyone we dealt with from hotels to excursions were A++. We especially loved The Oberoi for our stay in Marrakech. Would highly recommend this company. Thank you Original Travel for making Morocco so memorable for our family and we will be recommending our friends who will be coming in the near future.
Tracy Nguyen DDS

Hotel Reviews
Desert Luxury Camp
Merzouga
Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Lina Ryad & Spa
Chefchaouene
Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
The Oberoi Marrakech
Morocco
Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Le Berbere Palace
Ouarzazate
Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Hotel Sahrai
Fès
Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Four Seasons Hotel Casablanca
Casablanca
Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Activity Reviews
High Tea at the Royal Mansour Marrakech
Marrakesh
Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Guided Tour of Marrakesh - Historic Monuments and Majorelle Gardens
Marrakesh

Our tour guide was nice and extremely knowledgeable.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Dinner at the Royal Mansour Marrakech
Marrakesh
Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Majorelle Gardens Guided Visit
Marrakesh
Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Sunrise Hot Air Balloon Ride over Marrakech
Marrakesh

The venue and our pilot were the best! We enjoyed this so much.

Quality of Experience
Food
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Ouarzazate to Merzouga via Todra Gorge, Erfoud & Rissani
Morocco
Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Sandboarding Erg Chebbi Dunes
Merzouga
Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Transfer from Merzouga to Fes via Ziz Valley, Midelt and the Middle Atlas
Morocco
Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Fes to Chefchaouen via Meknes, Moulay Idriss & Volubilis
Morocco
Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Chefchaouen to Casablanca via Tangier & Hercules Cave
Morocco
Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
ATV/Quad Adventure in Merzouga
Merzouga

We skipped this.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Dinner at 'Dar Yacout' in Marrakech
Marrakesh

They were closed and we didn’t go here.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Local specialist: Abdellah El Asely
Abdellah
Abdellah El Asely
Local specialist in Marrakech | Reviewed on Aug 13, 2022

Hi Tracy,

We are really thankful to you for sharing such an awesome rating and recommending our company to other travelers.

We take pride in knowing that you enjoyed your experience and you are satisfied with the services we have provided. We count ourselves lucky that we have crafted for you a trip of a lifetime in the Moroccan Kingdom and met your wishes to the fullest. I will pass on your owesome feedback to the entire staff to let them know about the amazing work they provide; It's really something special to them.

Looking forward to guesting you again in Morocco.

Best,
Abdel

We loved Morocco, all thanks to Kimkim
Morocco | Jul 27 - Aug 6, 2022

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doug j.
Albion, IN | Reviewed on Aug 07, 2022

We loved Morocco… and KimKim made it the best it could be.

Ilyace was our guide: Extremely professional and truly catered to all of our needs. Whenever we needed something, he would punctually help us. (E.g. going to the pharmacy right away when one of us got slightly ill). Truly cared about us and felt like a good friend.

Our daily guides were amazing! Especially these individuals: Muhammad in Fes, Osama in Marrakech, and Amed in Merzouga Also Mohammed in The Dades Valley was the... read more

We loved Morocco… and KimKim made it the best it could be.

Ilyace was our guide: Extremely professional and truly catered to all of our needs. Whenever we needed something, he would punctually help us. (E.g. going to the pharmacy right away when one of us got slightly ill). Truly cared about us and felt like a good friend.

Our daily guides were amazing! Especially these individuals: Muhammad in Fes, Osama in Marrakech, and Amed in Merzouga Also Mohammed in The Dades Valley was the best. Very funny and really welcomed us into his house for an unforgettable lunch and time with his family.

The visits with the Berbers in two different locations was amazing. Really got to understand the culture and their seemingly difficult life.

Riads: All were extremely beautiful and in great locations with excellent services! The best way we could have experienced Morocco.

Hotel Reviews
Tiziri Luxury Camp
Merzouga
Authenticity & Character
I’m
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Everything was great here!!!
Palais Sebban
Marrakech
Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Didn’t respond to our concerns with poor bedroom A/C and did not get the king bed room we were suppose to get. Also tried to add taxes to our bill at departure that our guide quickly handled. Felt like maybe they were trying to take advantage of us.
Cleanliness & Comfort
Everything besides the A/C issue
Local specialist: Abdellah El Asely
Abdellah
Abdellah El Asely
Local specialist in Marrakech | Reviewed on Aug 07, 2022

Hi Doug,

We really appreciate you taking time to provide us with such an amazing feedback and let us know about your experience.

We are glad to know that you had a positive experience with our company and you were satisfied with our work. Our entire team is committed to providing top-notch services for our guests and making their trips unforgettable. Our guest's satisfaction means the world to us and pushes us to progress forward and keep the amazing work. I'll make sure to pass on your... read more

Hi Doug,

We really appreciate you taking time to provide us with such an amazing feedback and let us know about your experience.

We are glad to know that you had a positive experience with our company and you were satisfied with our work. Our entire team is committed to providing top-notch services for our guests and making their trips unforgettable. Our guest's satisfaction means the world to us and pushes us to progress forward and keep the amazing work. I'll make sure to pass on your awesome review to my colleagues to motivate them to keep improving on delivering exceptional services to guests like you.

Thanks for your five star review and looking forward to having you again in Morocco.

Best,
Abdel

Karim - Morocco for 9 days
Morocco | Jul 12 - Jul 20, 2022

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Diana N.
Australia | Reviewed on Aug 06, 2022

Morocco was a trip that I will truly never forget. I was in Morocco for 9 days with my boyfriend and Karim was our personal driver. Not only was he our driver, but he is also very knowledgeable with the rich history and culture of Morocco! Throughout our trip with Karim, he would explain to us interesting facts about Morocco and the Berber life which made this trip a truly unforgettable cultural experience.

Karim is extremely reliable, trustworthy, personable, communicative and also very... read more

Morocco was a trip that I will truly never forget. I was in Morocco for 9 days with my boyfriend and Karim was our personal driver. Not only was he our driver, but he is also very knowledgeable with the rich history and culture of Morocco! Throughout our trip with Karim, he would explain to us interesting facts about Morocco and the Berber life which made this trip a truly unforgettable cultural experience.

Karim is extremely reliable, trustworthy, personable, communicative and also very funny. He speaks perfect English, Arabic and Berber. He was also our personal translator. Karim is also Berber so he shared his knowledge to us about the Berber culture and the language. It was extremely interesting and intriguing to learn about his childhood in the High Atlas Mountains. We felt very lucky to have a driver like Karim.

On the night of our arrival to Casablanca, Karim messaged us to double check our flight times. Despite our flight being delayed and us arriving a little bit later than what we expected, he was already waiting patiently at the airport. We got out of the airport at almost midnight and was greeted by a very friendly and welcoming smile :). This was when we knew that we were going to have a wonderful trip.

Karim is a very experienced driver. His driving is very relaxing and calming (I had a few naps along some of the drives). He also knew a lot of places for great photo opportunities (my boyfriend and I have a gallery full of amazing photos thanks to Karim) and he was also a great personal photographer too!

Whenever we had activities planned that required Karim to pick us up from our hotel, he would always be punctual and wait at least 15 minutes before. Karim is extremely reliable. Whenever we finshed a tour or activity with a private guide, Karim would already be there waiting for us to finish and pick us up for the next activity. He assisted us with all of our hotel check ins, luggage and lunches, dinners, everything!

Thank you so much Karim for making our trip in Morocco an unforgettable experience. We were so lucky to have a driver like Karim, who not only drove us to places but who was also very informative about the Berber life, Moroccan culture and someone who felt like a friend.

Hotel Reviews
Palais Amani
Fès
Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Tiziri Luxury Camp
Merzouga
Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Odyssee Center Hotel
Casablanca
Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Lina Ryad & Spa
Chefchaouene
Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Ksar El Kabbaba
Skoura
Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
La Maison Arabe Hotel
Marrakech
Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Activity Reviews
Guided Tour of Hassan II Mosque
Morocco
Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Transfer to Chefchaouen via Rabat
Morocco
Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Transfer to Fes, Roman Ruins of Volubilis & Meknes
Morocco
Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Guided Tour of Fes Medina
Fes
Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Dinner with a Local Family
Morocco
Quality of Experience
Food
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Transfer to Merzouga, Bedouin Experience & Camel Rides
Morocco
Quality of Experience
Food
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Skoura to Marrakech via Ouarzazate & Aït Benhaddou
Morocco
Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Guided Tour of Marrakesh - Historic Monuments and Majorelle Gardens
Marrakesh
Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Majorelle Gardens Guided Visit
Marrakesh
Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Local specialist: Abdellah El Asely
Abdellah
Abdellah El Asely
Local specialist in Marrakech | Reviewed on Aug 07, 2022

Hi Diana,

Thank you for devoting your time to write such an awesome review which really appreciated.

It makes our day to learn that you have enjoyed the journey to the fullest and spent a great time in the Moroccan Kingdom with Karim. At original travels, we have great, professional and knowledgeable drivers in whom we place our greatest trust to serve our guests, share with them the beauty of the magical Morocco, immerse them in the Moroccan inspirational cultures, and make their... read more

Hi Diana,

Thank you for devoting your time to write such an awesome review which really appreciated.

It makes our day to learn that you have enjoyed the journey to the fullest and spent a great time in the Moroccan Kingdom with Karim. At original travels, we have great, professional and knowledgeable drivers in whom we place our greatest trust to serve our guests, share with them the beauty of the magical Morocco, immerse them in the Moroccan inspirational cultures, and make their experience a memorable one. Karim is such a great driver who always does his best to make our guests happy and share with them everything as members of family, not as strangers. We count ourselves lucky to have a driver like him in our company. He will be very thrilled to hear such valuable compliments from you and it really means the world to him and to us as well.

Thank you so much for your positive feedback and looking forward to having you once again in our gorgeous country.

Best,
Abdel

8 day trip around Morocco
Morocco | Jun 26 - Jul 3, 2022

Kelly
Kelly K.
Kensington, NY | Reviewed on Jul 21, 2022

We really enjoyed our 8 day trip around Morocco! It was extremely helpful to have Abdellah plan our itinerary. He listened to our priorities and made adjustments when we asked him to. I also appreciated that he helped us make some last minute restaurant reservations once we were already on the trip. We also really liked our drive, Soufian, who was really friendly and punctual throughout the trip. All of the guides in each location were knowledgable and made exploring more interesting. ... read more

We really enjoyed our 8 day trip around Morocco! It was extremely helpful to have Abdellah plan our itinerary. He listened to our priorities and made adjustments when we asked him to. I also appreciated that he helped us make some last minute restaurant reservations once we were already on the trip. We also really liked our drive, Soufian, who was really friendly and punctual throughout the trip. All of the guides in each location were knowledgable and made exploring more interesting. We didn't really think we needed a guide for the day hikes, but it actually made the experience much more interesting as we learned a lot about the local villages (we also would have likely gotten lost without them!). Out favorite part of the trip was hiking in the Atlas Mountains!

Hotel Reviews
Dar Jasmine
Chefchaouen

This hotel is absolutely stunning, with boutique style rooms and an amazing view over Chefchaouen. The only thing to consider is that there are a LOT of steps to get up to the hotel and it's pretty exhausting. As a younger couple it was totally with it for the view (plus a hotel staff member carried our luggage), but if you have any issues with steps, it would be a challenge.

Authenticity & Character
Really nice design - a good mix of traditional decor with modern finishes
Location
The view was spectacular, but the steps were a challenge!
Staff
Everyone was really nice
Cleanliness & Comfort
Riad Maison Bleue And Spa
Fes

This riad is really great, with totally extravagant decor! The courtyard and restaurant are also both lovely. The only down side was that they only offered two menu items for dinner, which was disappointing as they have a full menu posted online. The food was tasty though!

Authenticity & Character
Lots of authentic decor
Location
Right in the medina, but a quick walk to the car. Cool views over the city wall.
Staff
We really liked the front desk staff - they were really friendly and gave us a tour of the hotel
Cleanliness & Comfort
Ryad Dyor
Marrakech

I adored this riad. It is in a great location in the medina, but feels totally tranquil once you are inside the walls. It is a bit of a walk to the car drop off, but that's part of the fun (and they will carry your bags for you). The rooms were really stunning with clean, earthy style. The rooftop restaurant is gorgeous. We had a private dinner on the roof and they cooked one of the best meals we had on the trip (we opted for a bunch of vegetarian small plates, which were so good and a nice variery from other food we had been served on the trip).

Authenticity & Character
Perfect blend of modern, earthy and moroccan
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Tizi N'Ouirgane
Ouirgane

We generally really enjoyed this property, thought there were a few things that could have been improved. On the good side, it' a stunning location with a lovely pool. The staff was so kind and cooked us a delicious meal (though we only had one option of tagine, which luckily was good). We were the only ones staying there, which was a little odd, but we got a lot of attention from the staff which was nice! We felt the room could have had better amenities - the shower flooded and there weren't any bath products supplied. For a lovely hotel, those small details were a bit of a disappointment. All and all it was nice though!

Authenticity & Character
Really cool design on the exterior and lobby, but the rooms didn't have a lot of decor
Location
Very remote, but with gorgeous views of an olive orchard and with a lovely pool
Staff
Really kind and treated us very well
Cleanliness & Comfort
Generally we felt the rooms could have been more comfortable and with better bathroom amenities
Inara Desert Camp
Marrakech

The Desert Camp is a really interesting experience. We really enjoyed the glamping tent and were happy to have a private bathroom and A/C. The staff were very kind and they did a traditional music performance at the end of the night, which was fun. The food was also good, though only one dish was offered. Unfortunately the tranquillity of the desert was ruined by a neighboring camp (also owned by Inara), which was hosting a loud dance party until at least 4am. There was also a noisy group playing music in the main area of our own camp until late. I wish there was an expectation of peace and quiet after midnight or so, especially since the whole vibe is very tranquil during the day.

Authenticity & Character
Gorgeous property, great pool
Location
The desert is lovely, but it would have been nice to be further from the party camp...
Staff
Very attentive and kind
Cleanliness & Comfort
It was perfectly clean, but the club music was a real down side to a good night's sleep.
Activity Reviews
Transfer to Marrakech
Morocco

This is a long drive... but it was necessary!

Guided Tour of Marrakesh - Historic Monuments and Majorelle Gardens
Marrakesh

We enjoyed this tour and there was a lot to see! It was nice to be in a private tour (we saw other group tours which looked way less fun). We modified the day a bit to spend less time in the Souks, since it was similar to what we saw earlier in Fes. We really enjoyed the tour of the palace and Madrasa.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Majorelle Gardens Guided Visit
Marrakesh

The gardens were nice, but we did a self tour (the guide had us explore on our own, which was fine!)

Transfer to Imlil
Morocco

We loved this hike and our guide was great. We did get lead into a local rug shop, which was lovely, but as always made us feel some pressure to buy something. We didn't anticipate needing a guide for a hike, but it was really nice to have a local's knowledge of the villages we walked through.

Quality of Experience
Food
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Transfer to Fes, Roman Ruins of Volubilis & Meknes
Morocco

We enjoyed the Roman ruins - the tour was very in depth! We didn't see much in Meknes as much of the town was under construction.

Quality of Experience
The guide was great
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Guided Tour of Fes Medina
Fes

We really liked our guide and enjoyed seeing the Medina. The only down side was the pressure to purchase items from the artisans who gave demonstrations. It's easy to feel a bit trapped after they spend a lot of time showing you their work.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Transfer to Agafay Desert via Ourika Valley & Desert Camel Riding
Morocco

We really enjoyed our hike this day - it was quite different then the hike the day before. The one was a lot steeper, but also really scenic. We also loved having lunch by the river.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Local specialist: Abdellah El Asely
Abdellah
Abdellah El Asely
Local specialist in Marrakech | Reviewed on Aug 01, 2022

Hey Kelly,

We are so thankful to have such an awesome review.

It was an exceptional pleasure planning this trip with you; knowing that you have enjoyed every detail of this journey and that we were part of creating such memorable moments for you means the world to us! Such reviews are what keep us in progress and push us to offer more to our precious travelers. Our company always seeks to satisfy our guests' needs and make them enjoy their journeys to the fullest. All the staff will be... read more

Hey Kelly,

We are so thankful to have such an awesome review.

It was an exceptional pleasure planning this trip with you; knowing that you have enjoyed every detail of this journey and that we were part of creating such memorable moments for you means the world to us! Such reviews are what keep us in progress and push us to offer more to our precious travelers. Our company always seeks to satisfy our guests' needs and make them enjoy their journeys to the fullest. All the staff will be thrilled to hear that you had a great experience and everything went as planned.

Looking forward to guesting you again.

Best,
Abdel

Wonderful Morocco
Morocco | Jun 27 - Jul 5, 2022

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DeAnna D.
Manhattan, NY | Reviewed on Jul 19, 2022

It is hard to put into words how wonderful our trip was. We really feel a special connection to Morocco after this trip and cannot wait to return. We felt very safe and well cared for during the entire trip - even when an incident outside of anyone's control happened, so many people sprang into action to ensure that we were cared for - we truly could not have asked for more. If you are considering visiting Morocco, you should. You will not regret it!! read more

It is hard to put into words how wonderful our trip was. We really feel a special connection to Morocco after this trip and cannot wait to return. We felt very safe and well cared for during the entire trip - even when an incident outside of anyone's control happened, so many people sprang into action to ensure that we were cared for - we truly could not have asked for more. If you are considering visiting Morocco, you should. You will not regret it!!

Hotel Reviews
Riad Madu
Merzouga

Truly a refuge in the dessert. Lovely, dreamy layout, yummy food, beautiful views of the dessert. Wish we had a bit more time here.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Riad Maison Bleue And Spa
Fes

Stunning hotel. Loved exploring all the gorgeous nooks and crannies. Its like a fun maze. Great breakfast and staff. Cannot recommend enough.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
La Maison Arabe Hotel
Marrakech

Beautiful, fine hotel, The art in this place is amazing! Perfectly located. Great pool for when Marrakech gets too hot.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Desert Luxury Camp
Merzouga

Very cool experience. We visited in the dead of summer so it was really hot. But the staff is wonderful, and took incredible care of us, especially while we posted up in the pool. If you can, stay in the domes! AC only goes on at night, so time your arrival accordingly!

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Activity Reviews
Guided Tour of Fes Medina
Fes

Our tour knew everyone and everything. Fes is such a cool place to explore, and a tour guide is absolutely necessary with these winding streets and alleys.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Private Cooking Class in Fes
Fes

Our guides were just wonderful. The cooking was really fun, and the results delicious. But the star was the location. Truly the most beautiful Riad we visited on our stay in Morocco.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
4WD Dunes Tour & Tea with Nomads
Merzouga

Do the ATV tour - it will be hot but you will not regret it!

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Transfer to Marrakech via Dades Valley, Ouarzazate & Aït Benhaddou
Morocco

Do the horseback riding through the streets of town. One of the coolest experiences of our trip - it felt like we were back in the 11th century. This was the best place we ate Cous Cous as well.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Majorelle Gardens Guided Visit
Marrakesh

Very beautiful, peaceful, and cool (temp) when visiting in the morning.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Guided Tour of Marrakesh - Historic Monuments and Majorelle Gardens
Marrakesh

Hanan was very sweet and knowledgeable. Took us to some very beautiful sights, including an incredible palace within the city.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Private Food Tour of Marrakesh
Marrakesh

Do this. The food here was better than the fancy restaurants we visited separately. Hanan, again, was very sweet and knowledgeable about where to eat.

Quality of Experience
Food
Tangina!
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Local specialist: Abdellah El Asely
Abdellah
Abdellah El Asely
Local specialist in Marrakech | Reviewed on Aug 01, 2022

Hi DeAnne,

Thank you so much for devoting some time to leave us such a great review.

It really means a lot to us that you had a great experience with our company, and we made you feel welcome in our beautiful country. It fills us with pride when we get such compliments from our guests and know that they are satisfied with the service we provide. All the members of our team will be happy to read your kind words :)

Looking forward to serving you again in our Moroccan Kingdom.

Best,
Abdel

We had a wonderful time in Morocco.
Morocco | Jun 26 - Jul 5, 2022

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Melanie O.
San Rafael, CA | Reviewed on Jul 06, 2022

We had a wonderful time in Morocco.
Everything was well planned, the riads beautiful, and
Nourredine our driver was amazing. Abdel from original travel was very responsive and adapted the schedule when we had specific requests. Our group of 3 were all very happy and would book with original travel again any time!!! read more

We had a wonderful time in Morocco.
Everything was well planned, the riads beautiful, and
Nourredine our driver was amazing. Abdel from original travel was very responsive and adapted the schedule when we had specific requests. Our group of 3 were all very happy and would book with original travel again any time!!!

Hotel Reviews
Inara Desert Camp
Marrakech

Really special experience well worth the extra night!

Lina Ryad & Spa
Chefchaouene

Very nice riad well located in the center of town with very friendly hosts!

Riad Chbanate
Essaouira

Very nice and lively place with nice breakfast and very friendly hosts.

Local specialist: Abdellah El Asely
Abdellah
Abdellah El Asely
Local specialist in Marrakech | Reviewed on Jul 11, 2022

Salam Aleikum Melanie,

Thank you for devoting some time to write this amazing review!

We are really glad to hear that you had an amazing experience with Original Travels and that you were satisfied with our services. Our entire team is committed to providing high-quality services for our guests and making their trips unforgettable, and i will make sure everyone from the team reads this review and thank them for the great work they have done so far!

Thank you again and we look forward to welcoming you back soon.

Maa Salama,
Abdel
Original Travels

The best trip ever!
Morocco | Jun 16 - Jun 30, 2022

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celeste r.
Fair Oaks, CA | Reviewed on Jun 28, 2022

The best trip ever! Great planning, communication, accomodations and experiences. And of course, the best driver, Tarik!
Highly recommend! read more

The best trip ever! Great planning, communication, accomodations and experiences. And of course, the best driver, Tarik!
Highly recommend!

Hotel Reviews
Riad Passali
Marrakech

Perfect for our family with young kids. Easy walk to major sites. Pool for littles.

Tips for future travelers

Cash is always preferred. In fact many places do not take credit cards.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Tiziri Luxury Camp
Merzouga

Amazing experience! Highly recommend the staff and the tents are amazing.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Dar Rihana Dades
Douar Ait Ouffi

Absolutely my favorite hotel in the entire trip. Cute rooms. Ours has a balcony. The view was spectacular. The food was delicious and the staff so friendly.

Tips for future travelers

Bring cash...no credit cards.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Riad Ghita
Fes

Very nice location, authentic space, delicious breakfast.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Riad Casa Hassan
Chefchaoeun

Great location!!! Beautiful rooms, private. One of my favorite hotels on the trip.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Odyssee Center Hotel
Casablanca

It was in a quiet part of town, that was nice.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Villa Quieta Essaouira
Essaouira

Wonderful place to relax and enjoy Essaouira. It is a bit of a walk to the Medina.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Activity Reviews
Marrakech to Boumalne Dades via Ait Benhaddou & Ouarzazate
Morocco

Our guided walk and lunch with a local family was wonderful.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Dades Valley Hike & Lunch with Local Family
Morocco

Highly recommend you do this!!

Quality of Experience
Food
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Carpet Weaving With Berber Women
Morocco

This wasn't at all what I expected. It was just a carpet sale. Still fun, but we didn't meet any women or weave any carpet.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Boumalne Dades to Merzouga Sunset Camel Ride via Tinerhir & Rissani
Morocco

Don't miss!

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Half-Day Guided Tour of Fes Medina
Fes

Fun, fun, fun!

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Kids' Exploration of Fes with Donkeys
Fes

Wonderful experience and the donkey owner was super kind and friendly.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Local specialist: Abdellah El Asely
Abdellah
Abdellah El Asely
Local specialist in Marrakech | Reviewed on Jul 01, 2022

Hi Celeste,

Thank you so much for sharing this 5-Stars review with us, we really appreciated it, as we love hearing from our customers and we’re always looking for ways to improve our services.
It sounds like you enjoyed your journey with our driver Tarik, we are so happy to hear that. and we were up to par with your expectations.
We take pride in the quality of our team and hope that we can continue delivering great experiences for our guests in our great country.

Best.
Abdel.

Amazing and memorable adventure for new parents and 6 month old
Morocco | Jun 3 - Jun 14, 2022

Fatima
Fatima J.
Manhattan, NY | Reviewed on Jun 23, 2022

We had an amazing time in Morocco. My husband and I travelled with our 6 month old for 12 days. Throughout the trip planning Abdellah was very accommodating and gave us a wealth of events, activities, and recommendations to create an amazing itinerary. Abdellah was also taking care of my brother who was traveling on overlapping dates to Morocco. He made sure to maximize the overlap of our itinerary with that of my brother's to make both of our trips memorable.
We were well taken care of from... read more

We had an amazing time in Morocco. My husband and I travelled with our 6 month old for 12 days. Throughout the trip planning Abdellah was very accommodating and gave us a wealth of events, activities, and recommendations to create an amazing itinerary. Abdellah was also taking care of my brother who was traveling on overlapping dates to Morocco. He made sure to maximize the overlap of our itinerary with that of my brother's to make both of our trips memorable.
We were well taken care of from the start till the very end of the trip. Our guide Karim was terrific. He was knowledgeable about landmarks, local customs, and the historically significant sites which made the adventures even more enjoyable. He was remarkably patient with us while we attended to our young one. Karim always accommodated our requests to change our daily plans. There was absolutely zero pressure to stick to a plan and we always comfortably moved at our own cadence which made the traveling effortless.
Unfortunately, due to my brother's flight delay our itineraries no longer overlapped. However, at our request Abdellah gracefully changed a significant part of our itinerary during the trip. Within the span of an evening he rebooked hotels in the different cities, rescheduled activities, and events to overlap our itinerary with my brothers itinerary. We were beyond grateful with how well he took care of us!
We are absolutely looking forward to our next adventure in Morocco and can't recommend our local specialist Abdellah and our guide Karim enough!

Local specialist: Abdellah El Asely
Abdellah
Abdellah El Asely
Local specialist in Marrakech | Reviewed on Jun 24, 2022

Hi Fatima,

Thank you for giving us a perfect rating and for recommending our company to other travelers.

We are thrilled that you had an amazing time in the magic kingdom of Morocco and found our service to be remarkable, accommodating and friendly. Our entire staff enjoyed catering to your needs as much as you enjoyed your stay. It really makes our day to hear such valuable feedback from you and learn that your journey was a memorable one with your driver Karim. At Original Travels, we... read more

Hi Fatima,

Thank you for giving us a perfect rating and for recommending our company to other travelers.

We are thrilled that you had an amazing time in the magic kingdom of Morocco and found our service to be remarkable, accommodating and friendly. Our entire staff enjoyed catering to your needs as much as you enjoyed your stay. It really makes our day to hear such valuable feedback from you and learn that your journey was a memorable one with your driver Karim. At Original Travels, we always work hard to craft great trips for our guests and make them fell home as members of family, not as strangers or outsiders. We were more than excited to serve you and your brother and we are really unfortunate that your trip didn't overlap with your brother's even if we did our best to do so.

Our entire team would be happy to welcome you and your brother back to Morocco and hope your next visit to be scheduled on overlapping dates.

Wish you safe travels always!!

Best,
Abdel

Our Tour of Morroco
Morocco | May 23 - May 30, 2022

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Jihad S.
Canada | Reviewed on Jun 20, 2022

We had a great tour of Morroco! Our tour was 7 days from Marrakech to Casablanca with stays in Ourzazate, Desert, Fes and beautiful Chefchaouen. Abdellah was very responsive and accommodated all our requests. Our driver, Samir, was very nice and was always sharing tips and pointing points of interest, restaurants, and other places that we inquired about. He was always on time and was never irritated We had planning if one of us was late. When we raised a concern to Abdellah and team related... read more

We had a great tour of Morroco! Our tour was 7 days from Marrakech to Casablanca with stays in Ourzazate, Desert, Fes and beautiful Chefchaouen. Abdellah was very responsive and accommodated all our requests. Our driver, Samir, was very nice and was always sharing tips and pointing points of interest, restaurants, and other places that we inquired about. He was always on time and was never irritated We had planning if one of us was late. When we raised a concern to Abdellah and team related to one of our stays they resolved it immediately by moving us to a great Riad that we really loved. All in all excellent service and we highly recommend planning your Morroco tour with Abdellah.

Hotel Reviews
Lina Ryad & Spa
Chefchaouene

This Riad is absolutely lovely!! We stayed one night there but I really wish we had planned to stay there more than one night. The rooms and the lobby are beautiful and the terrace was spacious and multi level with panoramic view of the town. The breakfast was delicious. Highly recommend and we'll definitely stay there if we visit Chefchaouen again.

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Tiziri Luxury Camp
Merzouga

This camp is eco friendly, the food was delicious, the tents were spacious and well fitted. The best we part was the Camel Ride experience in the desert. It felt like an out of this world experience. What we loved most about Tiziri Luxury Camp was the staff who were so much fun and had excellent service!

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Local specialist: Abdellah El Asely
Abdellah
Abdellah El Asely
Local specialist in Marrakech | Reviewed on Jun 21, 2022

Hi Jihad,

We are so thankful for your awesome review which is highly appreciated.

It's our pleasure to learn that you have enjoyed your journey with Original Travels to the fullest, that really makes our day!!! Our staff always do their best to provide the best possible service to our guests and live up to their expectations, and we are glad that this commitment was reflected in your visit. I will pass on your kind words to the team to make them know that their hard work is rewarded.

Thanks again for your review and looking forward to having you once again in Morocco.

Best,
Abdel

My husband and I had an amazing adventure thr...
Morocco | May 8 - May 15, 2022

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asma m.
Phoenix, AZ | Reviewed on Jun 19, 2022

My husband and I had an amazing adventure through Morocco with our driver Karim for a bulk of our trip (consider yourself lucky if you get him, he's incredibly knowledgeable and so familiar with the region!) We also had Hanan guiding us in Marrakesh for local visits and sightseeing in the area (reach out to her in you're looking for a great experience in Marrakesh complete with local color and a knowledgeable guide to all the local attractions).
Our trip was 8 days beginning in Casablanca... read more

My husband and I had an amazing adventure through Morocco with our driver Karim for a bulk of our trip (consider yourself lucky if you get him, he's incredibly knowledgeable and so familiar with the region!) We also had Hanan guiding us in Marrakesh for local visits and sightseeing in the area (reach out to her in you're looking for a great experience in Marrakesh complete with local color and a knowledgeable guide to all the local attractions).
Our trip was 8 days beginning in Casablanca and ending in Marrakesh with amazing sights and experiences along the way. Using kimkim was so amazing and made our trip hassle-free as we didn't have to research local hotels or search for activities, as plenty of great activities were scheduled and suggested for the journey. We certainly plan to use this service for our next adventure!

Hotel Reviews
Tiziri Luxury Camp
Merzouga

The Tiziri Luxary camp is amazing!! It truly exceeds all expectations. It's a fully sustainable camp with an amazing team, incredible food, and a great atmosphere.

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Hotel Dar Mounir
Chefchaouen

This hotel sits in a beautiful location, with an incredibly helpful staff. Very comfortable and authentic, awesome nearby food

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Riad Ghita
Fes

This Riad is truly beautiful!! An amazing staff. Breakfast is incredibly delicious, clean and fantastic location

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Staff
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Dar Rihana Dades
Douar Ait Ouffi

This hotel was so comfortable and pretty! The balcony area is stunning, the food is great and the staff is incredibly helpful - the young man at the front desk was incredibly helpful and a great guide to local suggestions

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Riad Passali
Marrakech
Activity Reviews
Off-the-Beaten-Path Casablanca for Early Arrivers
Casablanca
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Transfer to Fes, Roman Ruins of Volubilis & Meknes
Morocco
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Guides, Drivers and Staff
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Guided Tour of Fes Medina
Fes
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Guides, Drivers and Staff
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Transfer to Merzouga, Bedouin Experience & Camel Rides
Morocco

We rode with Hamid! He was wonderful and we had an amazing ride. We were able to catch sunset in the Sahara, the view of a lifetime!

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Food
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Majorelle Gardens Guided Visit
Marrakesh
Transfer to Dades Valley via Todra Gorge
Morocco
Transfer to Marrakech via Dades Valley, Ouarzazate & Aït Benhaddou
Morocco
Guided Tour of Marrakesh - Historic Monuments and Majorelle Gardens
Marrakesh
Local specialist: Abdellah El Asely
Abdellah
Abdellah El Asely
Local specialist in Marrakech | Reviewed on Jun 21, 2022

Hi Asma,

Thank you so much for devoting some time to leave us such a positive feedback.

It really means a lot to us that you had a great experience with our company, and we made you feel welcome in our gorgeous country. Morocco is one of the most hospitable countries in the entire world and it always opens Its doors to guests like you to enjoy its beauty and have memorable moments. It fills us with pride when we get such compliments from our guests and know that they are satisfied with... read more

Hi Asma,

Thank you so much for devoting some time to leave us such a positive feedback.

It really means a lot to us that you had a great experience with our company, and we made you feel welcome in our gorgeous country. Morocco is one of the most hospitable countries in the entire world and it always opens Its doors to guests like you to enjoy its beauty and have memorable moments. It fills us with pride when we get such compliments from our guests and know that they are satisfied with the service we provide. All the members of our team will be happy to read your kind words especially your driver Karim.

Looking forward to serving you again in our Moroccan Kingdom.

Best,
Abdel

Beautiful vast country with varied topography that can take you from old madinas to desert to high mountains and Forrest’s and beaches.
Morocco | May 17 - May 25, 2022

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Rima T.
Tampa, FL | Reviewed on Jun 01, 2022

What I learned on this trip is that prices for the trip could vary depending on the local specialist you end up getting through Kim Kim. A friend of mine decided to visit Morocco the same time I was going. So she reached out to Kim Kim, got a different local specialist ended up with the same itinerary, same selected hotels, her stay was even slightly longer by two days as she also visited Casablanca and her cost was lower than mine. She also got superior accommodation than we did in terms... read more

What I learned on this trip is that prices for the trip could vary depending on the local specialist you end up getting through Kim Kim. A friend of mine decided to visit Morocco the same time I was going. So she reached out to Kim Kim, got a different local specialist ended up with the same itinerary, same selected hotels, her stay was even slightly longer by two days as she also visited Casablanca and her cost was lower than mine. She also got superior accommodation than we did in terms of rooms she was provided at the different hotels/riads that we stayed at. The following is my attempt to provide the readers with things we have learned that may help them in planning their trip a little bit better by learning from what we experienced.

Marrakesh: stayed at Palais Sebban. Beautiful Riad and highly recommend it. Just be aware that most rooms require going up some steps but staff were attentive to bringing up the luggage for us as it would have been challenging on our own. However, when it came to our tour guide assigned to us in Marrakesh he appeared not to know or be interested in sharing anything about the history of the country. The tour basically consisted of having our driver bring us to the majorelle garden, the madraseh and then the rest of the time walking through the market and peeking at bakeries and sampling local food. The main site that people visit in Morocco the Bahia palace he did not take us to and told us we can go there on our own and told us we can go there around 5pm as it takes one hour to tour until it closes at 6. Well we went there at 5 and apparently it closes every day at 4! How can a tour guide not know that? So we missed seeing one of the main sites in Marrakesh as we were leaving in the morning the next day.

when we complained to Abdel and Said, they were very apologetic. They booked dinner for us that night In Marrakesh as an apology. Said also wanted to upgrade our accommodation at our next stop but I wish he did not. The hotel he moved us to la perle du dades in Boumalne was run down. It it a beautiful property but must has gone through disrepair during covid. Our room had small ants on the bathroom counter. The other room we had for our kids the air conditioner did not work. The chaise lounges around the pool must has seen better days. I have to admit when I told our driver Ilyas that we did not like the Riad and wanted to go to our originally booked accommodation in this area he immediately complied with our request.

Boumalne Dades via Ait Benhaddou and ouarzazate: this was listed as a 6.5 hour drive from Marrakesh but please be prepared that does not include stops. So the trip really took us closer to 8.5 hours. We stopped at the Ouarzazate to tour the movie studio which was pretty lame. Not worth the time or money spent. The studio tour provided by a local guide was lame. As mentioned earlier this is the stop that we had the unfortunate experience of changing our original hotel to la perle du dades. However, the hotel that we originally had booked and ended up staying at was hotel xaluca dades. Very nice hotel. We highly recommend it. Beautiful views from the pool area and beautiful pool.

Merzouga and orient desert camp: this is another 4.5-5 hour drive to get to our meeting point to the people who run the desert camp. This was the highlight of our trip. Our guide got us mounted on our camels and led us through beautiful dunes to the camp which is about 1-1.5 hours. Then you dismount and wait on the dunes to watch the sun set. Absolutely beautiful!

Merzouga to Fez drive and stay at Riad Salam Fez: this apparently is the longest drive. It said on the schedule as 7.5 hour drive but keep in mind that does not include stops along the way. So we asked our driver to limit the stops so we skipped viewing the smaller of the two gorges we were supposed to see. It took us about 8.5 hours to get to fez. Riad salam fez was beautiful. We just rested that night. Next morning we were met by a guide who took us to a pottery ceramic shop for a demonstration as fez has the best clay for pottery. Then took us to the tannery and carpet place.

Chefchaouen and Lina read and spa: this was another 4.5 hour drive with no stops. But we stopped at the Roman ruins of Volubilis so it took a bit longer than that. The ruins were interesting to see. You pick up a local guide at the entrance for about 150-200 dirham ($20) for a 45 minute walk through the ruins. Recommend doing that otherwise you would not know what you are looking at. Chefshaoun is absolutely beautiful with its blue bldg. colors. Hiked up to the Spanish mosque for the sunset which I highly recommend. We did not have a tour guide scheduled here although our friends who used a different Kimkim local specialist had a tour guide assigned to them who took them through the town in the morning and gave them a bit of history and background. So we did not get that. It just reflects the some variations in the local specialists way of doing things.

Last stop was Algiers which was a 2.5 hour drive. We stayed at hotel farah which is a nice modern hotel that we just needed to decompress from the trip and did nothing but lay by the pool and enjoy the view. Our driver took us to the Hercules cave and the point where the Mediterranean meats the Atlantic. Very nice.

As you can see from the long review this was way too much packed into a 9 day emtrip. My advise is don’t do this break neck trip at the pace we did. If I was to cut something out I would cut boumalne dades and maybe Tangier and extend stays at Marrakesh and fez so to unwind from the long drives.

Last but not least our driver Ilyas was the best part of our trip. He was very accommodating and professional and dealt with the hiccups as best as he could.

Hotel Reviews
Lina Ryad & Spa
Chefchaouene

Just be prepared for Lots of stairs. Saw few elderly people struggle with the stairs

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Palais Sebban
Marrakech

Beautiful and clean Riad with friendly staff and good breakfast

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Hotel Xaluca Dades
Boumalne
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Orient Desert Camp
Merzouga

The tents are beautiful but be prepared they could be hot as there is no air conditioning or fans in the room

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Hotel Farah Tanger
Tangier

Modern hotel with beautiful pool overlooking the water

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Away from everything else so we ended up just staying at the hotel
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Riad Salam Fes
Fes

Beautiful hotel and rooms but our room had some odor to it and that is why only 4 stars. Our kids room was fine so if I could I would have given this Riad 4.5 stars. Everything else was excellent

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Activity Reviews
Transfer from Merzouga to Fes via Ziz Valley, Midelt and the Middle Atlas
Morocco
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Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Fes to Chefchaouen via Meknes, Moulay Idriss & Volubilis
Morocco

Amazing scenaryt

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